The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has designated Reducing Residential Arson as the theme for the 2013 Arson Awareness Week, running May 5-11.
USFA is working with federal and private sector partners to arm residents and property managers with tools to reduce the likelihood and effects of arson (PDF, 3 Mb.)
“According to the USFA’s National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) during 2008-2010, an estimated 16,800 intentionally set fires in residential buildings occurred annually in the United States. These fires resulted in an estimated 280 deaths, 775 injuries, and $593 million in property loss each year.”
Preliminary FBI numbers for 2012 show the first increase in arson fires in six years.
Statistics also suggest an increase in residential arson due to financial problems such as underwater mortgages and overwhelming debt.