2012 Arson Prevention Week May 6-12

Prevent Youth FiresettingThe U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA) theme for the 2012 Arson Awareness Week is “Prevent Youth Firesetting”.

“There is a wide variety of juvenile firesetting, such as intentional arson versus a child playing with a lighter. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI’s) Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, juveniles accounted for roughly 46 percent of arson arrests in 2005 to 2010. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Fire and Explosives also reports that from 2000 to 2009 there were 1,637 juvenile-involved fire incidents reported in Bomb Arson Tracking System (BATS).

Materials available on the USFA website for this year’s focus include profiles of successful juvenile firesetting intervention programs, resources for intervention specialists such as online and on-site National Fire Academy classes and publications, and links to previous years’ Arson Awareness Week campaigns.”

Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_4543