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The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) chose “Reducing Residential Arson,” as the theme for the 2013 Arson Awareness Week (AAW) which got kicked off yesterday, May 5th.
USFA and its partners will use the week of May 5-11 to focus public attention on residential arson and provide communities with tools to reduce the incidence of this crime. The goal for this year’s Arson Awareness Week is to provide all residents with strategies to combat arson in their neighborhoods.
The topic of arson if a very timely and important one. As detailed in a recent Fire Service Today blog post, recent research showed that April of 2013 saw a spike in the number of arson fires.
Here are some of the resources and information provided by USFA to help you learn more:
- [Why Arson? | http://www.usfa.fema.gov/fireservice/prevention_education/strategies/arson/aaw13/why_arson.shtm] - information about the primary motivations behind the burning of homes.
- [Residential Arson Facts | http://www.usfa.fema.gov/fireservice/prevention_education/strategies/arson/aaw13/facts.shtm] - statistics about the U.S. arson problem.
- [U.S. Fire Administration Arson Resources | http://www.usfa.fema.gov/fireservice/prevention_education/strategies/arson/aaw13/resources.shtm] - Publications, training and data collection resources to help fire departments combat residential arson in their communities.