Monday, May 7, 2012

Arson Awareness Week 2012

Arson Awareness Week is May 6-12, 2012 and this year's theme is "Prevent Youth Firesetting."  Nationally, between 2005-2009, fires started by children accounted for an average of 56,300 fires with associated losses of 110 civilian deaths, 880 civilian injuries and $286 million in direct property damage per year.

Parent should teach young children that fire is a tool, not a toy; keep matches and lighters out of reach, in high, ideally locked cabinets; and set a good example by safely using matches, lighters and fire.  The most important thing a parent of caregiver can do is always supervise young children.

For more information or to make a referral to Tacoma Fire Department's "Fire Stoppers" program please call 253-591-5740.