"These short topical reports are designed to explore fac¬ets of the U.S. fire problem as depicted through data collected in USFA's National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). Each topical report briefly addresses the nature of the specific fire or fire-related topic, highlights important findings from the data, and may suggest other resources to consider for further information." This edition of the Topical Fire Report Series focuses on fire risk to children in 2004. The findings from this report are: "1) The relative risk of children under age 15 dying in a fire is slightly lower than that for the general population. However, when dividing the young into subgroups, 50% of all child fire deaths occur to those under age 5. These children usually are unable to escape from a fire independently. 2) The number of fire injuries also are highest in the under-age-5 bracket, decline in the middle years, but rise again in the 10 to 14 age group. This is a different pattern than deaths, which decrease as children age. 3) Boys are at slightly higher risk of death from fire than girls. 4) African-American and American Indian/Alaska Native children are at an increased risk of death from fire."
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Topical Fire Report Series (February 2008), v.7 no.6