This edition of the Topical Fire Report Series focuses on child casualties in residential fires. The findings from this report are: "1) In 2002, an estimated 2,490 children age 14 or younger were injured or killed in residential fires. Fifty-six percent of child fire casualty deaths were under the age of 5. 2) Fires and burns were the third leading cause of unintentional fatal injuries to children age 14 or younger in 2002. They were the third leading cause of unintentional injuries to infants and the 12th overall cause of unintentional injuries to children age 14 or younger, accounting for 121,000 injuries in 2002. 3) Arson, open flame, and heating were the leading causes of fires resulting in child fire deaths in 2002. Open flame, arson, and cooking were the leading causes of fires resulting in child fire injuries. Child playing fires were not a significant cause of either deaths or injuries among children in 2002. 4) Upholstered furniture, cooking materials, bedding, and mattresses were the primary materials first ignited in fires that resulted in child casualties."
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Topical Fire Report Series (April 2005), v.5 no.2