National Arson Awareness Week
Arson Awareness Week takes place each year and typically focuses on public education and helping prevent specific types of arson-related fire disasters. Past topics have included “Reducing Residential Arson,” “Arson for Profit,” and “Working Together to Extinguish Serial Arson.” This year’s topic is “Vehicle Arson – A Combustible Crime,” and will concentrate on preventing vehicle arson, a crime that has made up 26.5 percent of all total arsons in the last 10 years.
Groups participating in National Arson Awareness Week include government agencies like the USFA, a number of national partner organizations, and countless firefighters across the nation. For those interested in joining, the USFA’s official Arson Awareness Week website has a variety of resources and tools. Included on the site are statistics and facts about vehicle arson, a free downloadable Arson Awareness Week poster, and a helpful guide to investigating vehicle arson.
Vehicle arson is responsible for approximately 40 deaths, 75 injuries, and $169 million in property loss each year. Help keep your community safe and join the National Arson Awareness Week initiative.