Statistical Reports: Civilian Fire Casualties - Children

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The National Fire Data Center's Topical Fire Report Series explores facets of the U.S. fire problem that affect Americans in their daily lives. Primarily based on data collected through USFA's National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), each issue briefly addresses the nature and relevance of the specific fire or fire-related problem, highlights important findings, and suggests other resources to consider for further information. Each topical report also includes recent examples of fire incidents that demonstrate some of the issues addressed in the report.

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New: Fire Risk to Children in 2010

Findings from this report:

  • In 2010, the relative risk of children under age 15 dying in a fire was 50 percent lower than the general population. However, when dividing the young into subgroups, 57 percent of all child fire deaths occurred to those 4 or younger.
  • When dividing the young into subgroups, fire injuries were highest in the 4 or younger age group, declined in the middle years, but rose again in the 10 to 14 age group. This is a different pattern than deaths, which decreased as children aged.
  • Overall, boys were at a higher risk of death from fire than girls.
  • African-American children age 4 or younger were at an increased risk of death from fire.

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