match and lighter fire statistics

Lighter and Match Fire Statistics

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Fires Ignited by Lighters and Matches StatisticsData
Percent of fires ignited by lighters and matches where heat source was known9 %
Number of fires by lighters and matches annually144,000
Number of people killed by these fires321
Number of people injured by these fires1,877
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 10-1737 %
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Location of Fire Caused by Matches and Lighters
Property TypeBothLightersMatches
Structure / Indoors27.4 %27.4 %19.1 %
Vehicle26.8 %9 %9.9 %
Outside / Other31 %63.6 %71 %
Lighters vs. Matches Statistics
Ignition SourceFiresDeathsInjuriesDollar Loss
Lighters30.5 %60.9 %69.4 %55.8 %
Matches69.5 %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: September 26, 2017

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