Coffee Break Training: Fire Prevention and Public Education: Safeguarding Homes from Arson [open pdf - 0B]
"Arson robs communities of its valuable assets -- lives and property. It destroys more than buildings: arson 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. Every year more than 25,000 intentionally set fires in homes result in an estimated 300 deaths, 700 injuries and $500 million in direct property damage. The average dollar loss for an intentionally set fire in a residential building is $21,320. The fatality rate for intentionally set residential fires is more than twice that of other residential building fires. The fire service can help communities thwart the occurrence of arson and reduce its devastating effect by making residents aware of these measures to safeguard their homes."
Coffee Break Training - Fire Prevention and Public Education Series No. FM-2013-1
United States Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/