Young people misusing fire

To reduce fire risk behaviour, children should be taught from a young age that fire is not a toy.

Children and young people misuse fire for many reasons, ranging from natural curiosity in toddlers to older children setting fires as a result of boredom and peer influence or to express feelings of anger or emotional distress.

Signs to watch out for

The Juvenile and Family Fire Awareness (JAFFA) Program

The Juvenile and Family Fire Awareness (JAFFA) Program offers fire safety education for children and young people aged 6 to 16 years and their parents/carers. The program is offered free of charge and is confidential.

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Things that parents and caregivers can do to reduce fire risk behaviour.

Refer a young person to JAFFA

To refer a young person to JAFFA, please complete a form and email to

We take referrals from parents, carers, schools, police, youth justice, and other professionals. We require the permission and support of a parent or carer before working with any child or young person.

Referral forms

Contact JAFFA

Call: (08) 9395 9488

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Education and Heritage Centre

Learn about our State’s natural hazards and fire and emergency services history.

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Education and heritage overview

The history of disaster response in our State.

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Schools and young people

Research shows a large number of young people in Australia want to learn more about natural hazards.

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