National Arson Awareness Week is being observed May 6 to May 12. This year's theme is Prevent Youth Firesetting.

According to Federal Emergency Management Agency Regional Administrator Ken Murphy, we all need to join in a collaborative effort with fire and emergency service departments.

"It's important to set a good example for our children," said Murphy, "Use matches, lighters, and fire carefully, as children will imitate adult behavior."

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, fires started by children accounted for an average of 56,300 fires per year between 2005 and 2009. Associated annual losses of 110 deaths, 880 injuries, and $286 million in direct property damage occured.

To help prevent children in your household from setting fires, keep matches and lighters in high, locked cabinets. In addition, praise your child for practicing responsible behavior and showing respect for fire.