National Arson Awareness Week

National Arson Awareness WeekMay 4, 2014 will mark the start of National Arson Awareness Week. This goal of this weeklong event, designed by the U.S. Fire Administration, is to raise awareness of arson and provide individuals with the strategies needed to help keep their community safe.

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.

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