Lighter and Match Fire Statistics

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Fires Ignited by Lighters and Matches Statistics Data
Percent of fires ignited by lighters and matches where heat source was known 9 %
Number of fires by lighters and matches annually 144,000
Number of people killed by these fires 321
Number of people injured by these fires 1,877
Total value of property loss annually $470 million
Percent of these fires that were incendiary/suspicious (arson) 71 %
Percent of these fires started by juveniles aged 10-17 37 %
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Location of Fire Caused by Matches and Lighters
Property Type Both Lighters Matches
Structure / Indoors 27.4 % 27.4 % 19.1 %
Vehicle 26.8 % 9 % 9.9 %
Outside / Other 31 % 63.6 % 71 %
Lighters vs. Matches Statistics
Ignition Source Fires Deaths Injuries Dollar Loss
Lighters 30.5 % 60.9 % 69.4 % 55.8 %
Matches 69.5 % 39.1 % 30.6 % 44.2 %
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Statistic Sources & References
Sources: US Fire Administration, FEMA
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: December 26, 2015

Lighter and Match Fire Statistics

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