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Arson Awareness Week: May 4 - 10, 2008
Rich Hoover
Oregon State Fire Marshal
Office: (503) 373-1540

In support of National Arson Awareness Week, Governor Ted Kulongoski today issued a proclamation declaring May 4-10, 2008 as Arson Awareness Week in Oregon. The theme for this year's Arson Awareness Week is Toylike lighters – Playing with Fire. The goal is to focus public attention on the dangers of toylike or novelty lighters in the hands of children.
The text of the proclamation reads:
WHEREAS: Toylike or novelty lighters are dangerous, even deadly, in the hands of children; and
WHEREAS: Toylike or novelty lighters have been responsible for injuries, deaths, and accidents across the Nation; and
WHEREAS: Children are attracted to novelty lighters because they look like toys, with visual effects, flashing lights, musical sounds, and toylike designs; and
WHEREAS: In 2002, the National Fire Protection Association estimated 13,900 child-playing structure fires were reported in the U.S., with associated losses of 210 civilian deaths, 1,250 civilian injuries, and $339 million in direct damage; and
WHEREAS: Public awareness is one of the specific responsibilities of the U.S. Fire Administration; and
WHEREAS: It is appropriate that citizens of Oregon pay special tribute to all fire and law enforcement investigative agencies for their dedicated and tireless service.
THEREFORE: I Theodore R. Kulongoski, Governor of the State of Oregon, hereby proclaim May 4-10, 2008 to be Arson Awareness Week in Oregon and encourage all Oregonians to join in this observance.
For more information on toylike lighters, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/Novelty_Toylike_Lighters.shtml.