| Arson Awareness Week - 2010|
Arson Awareness Week May 2-8, 2010
Community Arson Prevention
The Woodland Fire Department and the United States Fire Administration announces that the week of May 2-8 2010 is National Arson Awareness Week, this year’s Arson Awareness Week theme – Community Arson Prevention. The USFA will partner with the International Association of Arson Investigators, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), USAonWatch, National Association of State Fire Marshals, National Volunteer Fire Council, and the Insurance Committee for Arson Control.
The goal for this year’s Arson Awareness Week, which takes place May 2 – 8, 2010, is to focus attention on the horrific crime of arson and provide communities with tools and strategies to combat arson in their neighborhoods, businesses, schools, and places of worship.
According to the USFA's National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) data and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an estimated average of 316,600 intentional fires are reported to fire departments in the United States each year causing injuries to 7,825 firefighters and civilians. In 2006, ten firefighters died as a result of arson. In addition to needless injury and death, an estimated $1.1 billion in direct property loss occurs annually.
Arson robs communities of its valuable assets – lives and property. Arson destroys more than buildings: it can devastate a community resulting in the decline of the neighborhood through increased insurance premiums, loss of business revenue, and a decrease in property values.
Communities can develop a Watch Program, partnering with their local fire department, law enforcement, insurance providers, business leaders, churches, and local community groups. Neighborhoods can reduce the likelihood of arson occurring by promoting neighborhood watches and educate people about recognizing and reporting unusual activities along with implementing improved internal and external security for homes and businesses.
The Woodland Fire Department investigates all arson fires and cooperates fully with insurance companies to reduce the incidence of arson-for-profit fires. With the cooperation and awareness of the community arson fires can be reduced.
For more information and tips on Arson Prevention and Arson Awareness Week please go to the USFA (http://www.usfa.fema.gov/), the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud (http://www.insurancefraud.org/), InterFIRE (http://www.interfire.org/) and the City of Woodland ( www.cityofwoodland.org ) or you may contact the Woodland Fire Department at (530) 661-5860.http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/downloads/pdf/arson/aaw09_media_kit.pdf
Everyday Fire Safety
In the event of a fire, a properly installed and maintained smoke alarm can save your life and those of your loved ones. Smoke alarms are a very important means of preventing home fire fatalities by providing early warning signal so you and your family can escape. The death rate per 100 reported fires is twice as high in homes without working smoke alarms as homes with working smoke alarms.
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