ROCKFORD -- The Rockford Fire Department is looking for everyone's support in recognizing the 2013 Arson Awareness Week, which takes place May 5-11, 2013. Arson Awareness Week is an annual event that is recognized nationwide and supported by the U.S. Fire Administration. This year's theme is Reducing Residential Arson.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration there is an estimated 17,000 intentionally set fires in residential buildings annually across the United States. These fires resulted in approximately 280 deaths, 775 injuries and 593 million dollars in property loss.
The goal of the Rockford Fire Department is to provide all residents with strategies to combat arson in their neighborhoods. The public can be engaged in Arson Awareness week by implementing neighborhood cleanups along with improving internal and external security for their homes and abandoned properties. (Clear obstructions like shrubbery and other debris, keep doors and windows locked, ensure abandoned properties are secured, and install smoke alarms and sprinkler systems).
If you would like to have any further questions or would like to obtain more information on any of our fire prevention programs, please call the Rockford Fire Department at 815-987-5660.