"These topical reports are designed to explore facets of the U.S. fire problem as depicted through data collected in the U.S. Fire Administration's (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 focuses on children in fires in 2007. Findings from this report our: "1) The relative risk of children under age 15 dying in a fire is lower than the general population. However, when dividing the young into subgroups, 52 percent of all child fire deaths occur to those 4 and younger. 2) When dividing the young into subgroups, fire injuries are highest in the 4 and under age group, 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 higher risk of death from fire than girls. 4) African-American children are at an increased risk of death from fire."
U.S. Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/
Topical Fire Report Series (February 2011), v.11 no.9