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The Arson Prevention Program for Children (TAPP-C)

Fascination with fire occurs at all ages poster

Does your child have a fascination with fire? It is important to understand that while curiosity about fire is natural, fire-play is dangerous. Fire-play includes:

  • Playing with matches or lighters
  • Playing with the toaster, stove or furnace
  • Burning items such as toys, paper or garbage
  • Setting a fire to destroy something or hurt someone

About the Program

The Arson Prevention Program for Children is an awareness program designed to promote or foster attitudes and behaviours that will result in good fire safety practices. It is for children aged 2 to 17. For most children, fire play is the result of a normal curiosity about fire. They do not understand or know how to handle fire properly. For some however, fire play is a symptom of other problems. This program will help determine why a particular child is involved in fire setting. Depending upon the assessment, the program can provide for the appropriate treatment and follow-up. All children referred to the program receive both education delivered by the fire departments and an assessment conducted by mental health professionals. For the Town of LaSalle this assessment is conducted by the Windsor Regional Children’s Centre.

If you are a parent or guardian and would like to enroll a child into the TAPP-C program, the first step is contacting:

Windsor Regional Children’s Centre
3901 Connaught Avenue
Windsor, ON
519-257-5288

For more information on The Arson Prevention Program for Children (TAPP-C) visit www.tapp-c.ca or call the LaSalle Fire Service at 519-966-0744.