USFA Announces the 2012 Arson Awareness Week Theme

FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program report states that juveniles accounted for roughly 46 percent of arson arrests in 2005-2010.

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has chosen the theme for 2012’s Arson Awareness Week: Prevent Youth Firesetting.

USFA and its partners will use the week of May 6-12, 2012, to focus public attention on the importance of a collaborative effort with fire and emergency service departments, law enforcement, mental health, social services, schools, and juvenile justice to help reduce the occurrence of youth engaged with fire.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, fires started by children 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 2005-2009.

FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program report states that juveniles accounted for roughly 46 percent of arson arrests in 2005-2010. In 2010, 40 percent of arson arrests were juveniles with 47.6 percent of those children under 16 years of age.

"Fire in the hands of children is devastating—regardless of a child's age or motive," said Ernest Mitchell Jr., U.S. fire administrator. "It is imperative that we do everything possible to prevent youth firesetting to protect the nation's most valuable resource, our children."

USFA advises parents to: 1) teach young children that fire is a tool, not a toy; 2) keep matches and lighters out of reach, in high, ideally locked, cabinets; 3) set a good example by safely using matches, lighters, and fire. The most important thing a parent or caregiver can do is to always supervise young children.

In 1999, USFA developed and released the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS 5.0) Arson Module (NFIRS-11). The Arson Module can be utilized to document juvenile-set fires, whether determined to be intentional, unintentional, or under investigation. This information will permit analysis of juvenile firesetting trends, including intervention strategies and repeated activity.

USFA is partnering with the International Association of Arson Investigators, Safe Kids USA, USAonWatch, the National Volunteer Fire Council, and the National Association of State Fire Marshals to promote the event.

For more information regarding 2012 Arson Awareness Week, go to www.usfa.fema.gov/aaw.

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