National studies have found:

  • Children under 5 years old account for the highest number of people killed in child-related fire-play incidents.

  • Seventy-five percent of child fire-play incidents involved matches or lighters.

  • About half of child fire-setting cases in homes are started in the bedroom.

  • In fatal home fires caused by children, three out of five children set fire to bedding, mattresses, upholstered furniture or clothing.

  • Child fire-play incidents accounted for 41,900 fires, 165 deaths and nearly 2,000 injuries in 1999.

Further Reading

Source: National Fire Protection Association's "Children playing with fire" 2003 report