Police in Spokane have recently said they are concerned about a rash of suspicious fires that seem to have been intentionally set in the Spokane area. Did you know that 55% of all arson, or intentionally set fires, involve kids under the age of 18 years? It follows that there are more fires set in the summer time than any other season of the year. After all, kids are out of school in the summer; many of them don’t have too much to do and are bored with their summer break. And very interesting to note, especially to all home owners out there, is that the majority of arson is set in small alleyways behind homes where the arsonist can set up a fire without causing a stir with the neighbors.
Spokane Assistant Chief Schaeffer noted of alleyways, “the alleyways are a great method for the arsonist to go from home to home to home. With a little bit of effort they can start a really big fire, with really big consequences without being detected.” Oftentimes the worst arson fires are set in situations like this because, the arsonist may be able to set fire to many homes or backyards without anyone noticing. All these fires can connect and cause a significant amount of damage in a neighborhood.
While it would be idea to be able to avoid these situations full out, that’s not always possible. You can minimize your chances of being subject to an arson attack by making sure your alleyway is free and clear of garbage, cardboard boxes, carpet scraps, and other combustible material. Additionally, the use of motion-activated lights may help to scare off any potential arsonist from your alleyway.
But, as with anything, it is always better to be safe and prepared than be sorry. There are certain things you can do to help protect your valuables and loved ones in case of an arson-fire: make sure you have a working fire alarm in every room of the house – especially in bedrooms and areas where a fire might be started (the kitchen, anywhere with electrical equipment); keep any and all personal documents and keepsakes in a fireproof safe ; and discuss an evacuation plan with all members of your family. Our salespeople at any of our three stores would be glad to give you a proposal for the most secure and fire-safe home you can get in the North West.
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