Adams, Rich. Careless firesetters - negligent arsonists. National Fire
& Arson Report. Vol 14 No 2 (June 1996), p 10-13.
Abstract: This article discusses how perception of Americans towards
fire, and how those who set negligent fires should be classified as "negligent
arsonists" and held accountable for their actions. Comparisons are
made to other countries, such as Japan, where fire setters are held strictly
accountable for the danger they created for their neighbors and for the
rescuers. Since we have such a good system at suppressing fires, the risk
of fire is not perceived by the public as a great one.
Efforts, such as those that were launched at reducing drunk driving,
could serve as models for a similar effort to reduce the number of negligent
fires. If people were more aware of the dangers of fire, not only to themselves,
but to their neighbors and to the personnel that have to respond, changes
might start to happen. If people realized the toll that fire takes on our
American society, perhaps we would see some changes. As Adams says, "When
we change the picture of arson in America, we will change America for the
better. What you see is what you get."
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