State Fire Marshal Sink Promotes Arson Awareness Week
Kevin Cate or Brannon Jordan
TALLAHASSEE— This week, Florida State Fire Marshal Alex Sink joined the United States Fire Administration during Arson Awareness Week in recognizing the dangers of toylike lighters. This year’s theme is “Toylike Lighters—Playing with Fire.”
“Novelty lighters are not toys, and children playing with toylike lighters are at extreme risk,” said State Fire Marshal Sink. “Arson Awareness Week was an important opportunity to help educate Floridians and to recognize our Fire Marshals committed to combating arson.”
The goal of this year’s Arson Awareness Week was to focus public attention on the dangers of toylike or novelty lighters in the hands of children. Toylike or novelty lighters have been responsible for injuries, deaths, and accidents across the nation. Children are attracted to novelty lighters because they look like toys. Many of these lighters look like animals, miniature cars, mobile phones, cameras, fishing lures, stacks of coins, markers and doll accessories. Some novelty lighters also look like tools, such as tape measures, drills, hammers and paint brushes.
The State Fire Marshall’s Office hosted events throughout Florida recognizing Arson Awareness Week, including coloring contests, demonstrations, educational school visits, meetings and essay contests.
As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services, a multi-division state agency responsible for management of state funds and unclaimed property, assisting consumers who request information and help related to financial services, and investigating financial fraud. CFO Sink also serves as the State Fire Marshal.