FACTS & FIGURES
--In 2008, children playing with fire started an estimated 53,500 fires that were reported to U.S. fire departments, causing an estimated 70 civilian deaths, 910 civilian injuries, and $279 million in direct property damage.
--Most fire-play fires (77%) started outside , but most associated deaths (92%) were in home structure fires.
-- Almost half (47%) of people who start reported home fires by playing were five years old or younger.
--Two out of five (41%) child-playing home structure fires began in the bedroom.
--Mattresses and bedding were the items first ignited in 24% of child-playing home structure fires and 29% of associated civilian fire deaths. Source: NFPA's "Children Playing with FIre" report by John R. Hall, Jr. November 2010 SAFETY TIPS
--Store matches and lighters out of children's reach and sight, up high, preferably in a locked cabinet.
--Never use lighters or matches as a source of amusement for children; they may imitate you.
--If your child expresses curiosity about fire or has been playing with fire, calmly but firmly explain that matches and lighters are tools for adults only.
--Use only lighters designed with child-resistant features. Remember child-resistant does not mean child proof.
--Teach young children and school-age children to tell an adult if they see matches or lighters.
--Never leave matches or lighters in a bedroom or any place where children may go without supervision.
--If you suspect your child is intentionally setting fires or unduly fascinated with fire, get help. Your local fire department, school, or community counseling agency can put you in touch with trained experts.
All information has been referenced from the NFPA; if you would like to view this website go to www.nfpa.org or click above on Departments, then Fire Department, then Useful Links, and then National Fire Protectiona Agency.