National Arson Awareness Week focuses on reducing arson at vacant and abandoned buildings.
This year’s National Arson Awareness Week, which began on May 6 and runs through May 12, is focused on teaching communities about how they can help reduce arson at vacant and abandoned buildings. Each year for National Arson Awareness Week, the U.S. Fire Administration gathers and shares information to raise awareness of arson or youth fire setting and provide to individuals with strategies to combat these problems in their community.
Vacant and abandoned buildings have a negative impact on a community’s image. Their presence increases the likelihood of criminal activity and public safety issues.
According to a report published by the U. S. Fire Administration between 2013 and 2015, over 23,000 vacant residential building fires were reported each year and caused an estimated 75 deaths, 200 injuries, and $785 million in property loss. The report also showed that between 2013 and 2015, 6,400 vacant nonresidential building fires were reported each year and caused an estimated 5 deaths, 50 injuries, and $205 million in property loss.
According to a report published by the National Fire Protection Association, vacant and abandoned building fires cause a disproportionate share of firefighter injuries.
Citizens and visitors can help prevent arson at these locations by reporting vacant and abandoned structures through the Connect2Pearland App and by filling out our Pearland Fire Marshal’s Office - Citizen Complaint Form
Pearland’s adopted fire code states that vacant and abandoned structures that constitute a clear and inimical threat to human life, safety or health, are considered unsafe and are ordered by the Fire Marshal to secure, safeguard, remove or remedy the conditions. Pearland Fire Marshal’s Office can be contacted at 281.997.4650.