A push for fire safety in New York City is being renewed following recent fires caused by children. According to WABC-TV, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro is conducting a safety event today in Ozone Park, Queens.
Nigro will urge parents and guardians of young children to take immediate action by educating them about the dangers of fire.
The move follows three major fires in the city over the past two weeks that were caused by children. Dozens of people were injured and nearly 100 displaced. Nigro is also urging parents who have children that have demonstrated an unhealthy curiosity for fire to reach out to the FDNY's Juvenile Firesetters Intervention Program. Specially trained FDNY fire marshals evaluate and educate children up to the age of 12 who have engaged in fire play.
Children who play with fire cause hundreds of deaths and injuries each year. The Young Firesetters page on the NFPA website and the Young Firesetters tip sheet offer parents and caregivers steps for keeping fire out of the hands of children.
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