May 6-12 is Arson Awareness Week. This year’s theme is Prevent Youth Firesetting.
During the month of May, USFA will focus public attention on the importance of a collaborative effortwith fire and emergency service departments, law enforcement, mental health, social services, schools, and juvenile justice to help reduce the occurrence of juveniles engaged with fire.
Did You Know?
- Fires started by children playing accounted for an average of 56,300 fires with associated losses of 110 civilian deaths, 880 civilian injuries, and $286 million in direct property damage per year between 2005 and 2009.
- Younger children are more likely to set fires in homes, while older children and teenagers are more likely to set fires outside.
- Lighters were the heat source in half (50 percent) of child-playing fires in homes.
- Never leave matches or lighters within reach of children. Keep matches and lighters out of reach in high, locked cabinets.
- Praise your child for practicing responsible behavior and showing respect for fire.
- Set a good example; use matches, lighters, and fire carefully, as children will imitate positive behavior.
For More Information
For information on Arson Awareness Week and youth firesetter prevention, visit the USFA website atwww.usfa.fema.gov/aaw/