Kids & Fire

What do I need to know about kids and fire?

  • Children make up 20% of all fire deaths.
  • Every year kids set over 100,000 fires. About 20,000 of those are set in homes.
  • Children as young as age two can strike a match and start a fire.
  • Over 30% of the fires that kill children are set by children playing with fire.
  • Most child fire-play incidents involve matches or lighters, so keep these locked up and out of reach of children.
  • University of Michigan Health System Fire Safety Information
A kid with a lit match