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Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Reminds Residents May 5-11 is Arson Awareness Week

Post Date:05/07/2013 4:00 PM
Mayor Kasim Reed press release header

 Mayor’s Office of Communications
Thế giới cá 55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Sonji Jacobs, Director 
404-330-6558, office 
404-276-6866, cell 
sajacobs@atlantaga.gov

Janet Ward, Public Relations Manager
Atlanta Fire Rescue Department
404-546-7004 (office)
404-782-2567 (cell)
jlward@atlantaga.gov


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 05/07/13

News Release

Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Reminds Residents May 5-11 is Arson Awareness Week

ATLANTA - The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has announced May 5-11 as Arson Awareness Week for 2013 with the theme “Reducing Residential Arson.” Residential arson claims an estimated 280 lives and causes 775 injuries and $593 million in property damage every year. Five percent of residential fires are intentionally set, according to the USFA.

Thế giới cáFire Chief Kelvin Cochran and the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department note that residents can take precautions that will help reduce arson in their communities, including:

Installing lights covering all sides of the house. Motion-activated lighting, which is inexpensive, should be placed near the entrances. Interior lights on timers give the illusion that a residence is occupied;

Clearing obstructions.Thế giới cá Trim or remove shrubbery that blocks the view of the house from the street. During the growing season, bushes and trees may need to be trimmed frequently;

Installing burglar and fire alarm systems.Thế giới cá Alarm devices can be inexpensively wired to transmit an alarm to the police or fire department. Check the cost of contracting with a security firm for response to alarms;

Installing smoke alarms and a fire sprinkler system. The combination of working smoke alarms and home fire sprinklers reduces the likelihood of death from fire by more than 82 percent. The most effective fire loss prevention and reduction measure for both life and property is the installation and maintenance of fire sprinklers;

Keeping doors and windows locked. All external doors should be equipped with dead bolts. A simple locked door could be the deterrent that saves a house from arson. The hardware used to lock windows can sometimes be easily forced open. The best type of window hardware has spring-loaded bolts that insert through the window frame into the wall frame;

Cleaning house. Arson is often a crime of opportunity. Remove excess vegetation and piles of leaves. Clean around your house and garage, removing unused and unneeded paper, trash, cleaning supplies, partial cans of paint and other materials that could become kindling and fuel a fire; and

Cleaning up vacant homes and properties. Secure abandoned and vacant homes, which are potential arson targets. This may include adding additional locks or boarding up broken windows or other openings with plywood. Remove abandoned vehicles. Most car fires are started to cover up other criminal activity or simply as an act of vandalism.

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