"In 1997, 77% of preschool children with employed mothers were cared for in child-care centers, in family childcare located in providers' homes, by relatives, or by nannies for a least some period of time during the week. Each year between 1996 and 1998, approximately 325 fires were reported in structures classified as daycare centers. These fires rarely injure or kill anyone-less than 10 injuries or fatalities each year-but they cause an average of $1.6 million in property loss. This report examines the causes and characteristics of daycare center fires. This analysis addresses only those fires that are reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) and that occur in structures classified specifically as daycare centers. Currently it is not possible to determine from NFIRS data the frequency of fires in residential structures where someone is providing daycare services (licensed or unlicensed). Instead, information on these types of daycare centers and fires in them must be gleaned from other sources, such as the media."
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Topical Fire Report Series (November 2001 (Rev. March 2002)), v.2 no.15