Boy looking at smouldering stickThe Arson Prevention Program for Children (TAPP-C) is a program involving fire service and mental health professionals to help families that have children or teens involved in fire-play.

What is Fire-Play

  • 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.

Warning Signs for Parents

  • Your child likes to play with matches and lighters and uses them like toys.
  • You have concerns about your child's behaviour as well as their fascination with fire.
  • You have found burned items/toys in or around your house and garage.

Program information

  • Fire services provide a home safety check to educate children and their families about fire and good fire safety practices.
  • Mental health professionals assess risk and provide treatment.
  • TAPP-C is free of charge and is available to children from 2 to 17 years of age.
  • Contact Port Hope Fire and Emergency Services at 905-753-2230 for more information or to refer a child into the program.