City and Borough of Juneau
155 S. Seward Street
Juneau, Alaska 99801
tel. 907-586-5240
fax 907-586-5385

Capital City Fire/Rescue

National Arson Awareness Week, May 1-7

National Arson Awareness Week, May 1-7, is a good time for Juneau residents and business owners to review how to protect themselves from being a victim of this crime. This year alone Juneau has had several reported suspicious fires. Although these fires may often be small in origin, some such as the 1986 Holy Trinity Church fire in downtown Juneau can be devastating. According to the United States Fire Administration’s National Fire Incident Report¬ing System (NFIRS) data and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an estimated average of 316,600 intentional fires are reported to fire departments in the United States each year causing injuries to 7,825 fire¬fighters and civilians. In 2006, 10 firefighters died as a result of arson. In addition to needless injury and death, an estimated $1.1 billion in direct property loss occurs annually. In light of arson awareness week, Capital City Fire/Rescue’s Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding the public of several arson prevention tips. •Keep leaves, firewood, overgrown brush and shrubbery, and other combustibles away from buildings. •Keep doors and windows locked when a building is unoccupied. Board up abandoned buildings. •Store all flammable liquids such as paints, gasoline, and aerosols in an approved storage location, e.g., locked cabinets, locked storage units, locked garages (preventing access to kids), etc. •Install motion-sensor exterior lights. •If you see any suspicious activity taking place, please call 911 immediately. •If you know or suspect that arson was committed, contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 586-5322. •Most importantly…be prepared for a fire!

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