Youth Fire Misuse – Statistics

  • Nearly 34-percent of the victims of child-set fires are the children themselves.
  • Nationally, playing with fire is the leading cause of death in residential fires for young children.
  • At home, children often play with fire in the bedroom – where lots of things catch on fire easily.
  • Older children frequently play with fire outside the home, at the bus stop, or in vacant lots.
  • Children are under the false impression that they can control the fires they set.
  • Many children who set fires lack both parental supervision and fire safety education.
  • Juveniles account for more than 50-percent of all arson arrests in the United States.
  • Nationally, children who play with fire cause nearly 80,000 structure fires per year which result in approximately 760 deaths and more than 3,500 injuries.
  • Youth Fire Misuse does an estimated 1.2 billion dollars in damage annually.
  • It only takes about two-minutes for the flame from a single match to set an entire room on fire, and less than five minutes for that fire to overtake an entire house.
  • Juvenile arson and youth-set fires result in over 300 deaths and 2,000 injuries annually, and $300 million in property damage and more than 400,000 incidents annually (USFA)
  • Children misusing fire cause 40 percent of residential fire-related deaths among children.
  • Left untreated, children who misuse fires will repeat the behavior 81% of the time.