2013 Arson Awareness Week

2013 Arson Awareness Week

The U.S. Fire Administration has proclaimed this week, May 5 to 11, 2013, Arson Awareness Week focused on "Reducing Residential Arson."

The U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Incident Reporting System reports an estimated 16,800 intentionally set fires in residential buildings occur annually in the United States. These fires result in an estimated 280 deaths, 775 injuries and $593 million in property loss each year.

  • Five percent of all residential building fires were intentionally set.
  • Lighters (22 percent), heat from other open flame or smoking materials (19 percent), and matches (15 percent) were the leading heat sources of intentionally set fires in residential buildings.
  • • The majority (76 percent) of intentionally set fires in residential buildings occurred in one- or two-family dwellings. An additional 19 percent of fires occurred in multifamily dwellings.
  • Forty-one percent of the intentionally set residential fires occurred in vacant buildings.
  • Rubbish, trash and waste (8 percent); magazines, newspapers and writing paper (7 percent); and uncontained flammable liquids or gas (6 percent) were the items most often first ignited in intentionally set fires in residential buildings.

National Fire Protection Association

  • In 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 27,100 home structure fires that were intentionally set.
  • These fires caused 310 deaths, 860 injuries and $551 million in direct property damage.
  • Home structure fires account for 60 percent of all intentional structure fires and 95 percent of associated civilian deaths.
  • Intentionally set home structure fires are more likely to be set between 3 p.m. and midnight.
  • The bedroom is the most common area of origin for intentional home structure fires, and rubbish, trash or waste was the leading item first ignited.

Cincinnati Fire Department

  • In 2012, The Cincinnati Fire Department responded to 386 incendiary fires.
  • These fires caused approximately $905,000 in direct property damage.

The Cincinnati Fire Department urges residents to help stop arson in your community by following these steps:

  • Clean around your house:
    • Trim or remove shrubbery that may block the view of your house from the street.
    • Remove unused and unneeded paper, trash, cleaning supplies and other materials that could be used as fuel for a fire by an arsonist.
  • Install lights that cover all sides of your house.
  • Install a burglar and fire alarm system in your home.
  • Keep doors and windows locked and bolted.