The USFA is pleased to announce the theme for the 2013 Arson Awareness Week:
“Reducing Residential Arson.”
Between 2008-2010, an estimated 16,800 intentionally set fires in residential buildings occurred annually in the United States. These fires resulted in an estimated 280 deaths, 775 injuries and $593 million in property loss each year. The FBI documented that 14,717 law enforcement agencies reported 43,412 arsons. Arsons involving single occupancy and other residential structures accounted for 29.3 percent of the total number of arson offenses.
The goal for this year’s Arson Awareness Week is to provide all residents with strategies to combat arson in their neighborhoods. The public can be engaged in Arson Awareness Week by implementing neighborhood cleanups along with improving internal and external security for their homes and abandoned properties.
Follow this link for more helpful information http://www.usfa.fema.gov/fireservice/prevention_education/strategies/arson/index.shtm