Arson Awareness Week

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By: Lanetra Bennett
May 8, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Today, fire officials demonstrated just how easily fires can be set by burning common flooring and furniture found in homes.

Firefighters say to help prevent intentionally set fires, you should make sure that materials around your house do not lend themselves to be easy targets for arsonists.

Tallahassee Fire Department Deputy Chief John Gatlin says, "There's a number of motives that are related to serial arsonists. Some being just the pleasure of seeing the fire burn; some are revenge. So, when we're able to eliminate those sources of ignition and those materials that can be ignited, then that makes it difficult for somebody to commit this crime."

Fire officials say arson results in an estimated 280 deaths, 775 injuries, and nearly $593 million in property loss every year.

Press Release: Tallahassee Fire Department

On Wednesday, May 8, 2013, the Tallahassee Fire Department and Florida Division of State Fire Marshal will host a press conference on Arson Awareness Week at Fire Station 4, located at 2899 West Pensacola Street. The press conference will begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by a burn pattern demonstration in the burn building. A light lunch will be provided following the press conference.

Arson Awareness Week is May 5-11, 2013 and the theme this year is Reducing Residential Arson. The Tallahassee Fire Department is partnering with the Florida Division of State Fire Marshal, the Tallahassee Police Department and the Leon County Sheriff's office to spread the word about arson awareness.

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. The Tallahassee Fire Department along with its partners would like you to join us for our press conference to raise awareness and help prevent these incidents from occurring.
Arson Awareness Week is part of a nationwide initiative by the United States Fire Administration (USFA) partnering with, the International Association of Arson Investigators; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); USA on Watch; National Association of State Fire Marshals; National Volunteer Fire Council and the Insurance Committee for Arson Control. The purpose is to educate the public on the important role of community arson awareness and how it can and does play an important role preventing this dangerous crime.
For more information about Arson Awareness Week 2013, visit the USFA website at:


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