Arson is the intentional burning of property for fraud, revenge, spite, or even just to turn in an alarm and play “hero.”
Thousands of innocent victims are hurt or killed in fires set deliberately. Besides the horrible human toll, arson also increases taxes and insurance premiums. Arsonists cost the public more than a billion dollars each year.
PEMCO helps combat arson by investigating suspicious fire claims. Here are some things you can do:
Lock up your homeSecure your home and garage by locking doors and windows.
Eliminate easy fire fuelGet rid of wastepaper, dead grass, weeds, litter, or combustibles around the outside of your home, garage, or carport.
Keep trash and recycling lowDon’t overfill dumpsters or garbage cans. Keep them at least five feet from combustible walls, openings, or eaves. Use only metal or metal-lined receptacles.
Light your homeKeep indoor and outdoor lights on when it’s dark outside. Install timing devices that turn on lights automatically when they sense darkness or movement outside the home.