USFA Releases Two Reports On Fires Ignited By Lighters And Matches

10/21/2004
SummaryThroughout the world, lighters and matches are prominent symbols of fire and fire ignition, transcending barriers of language, age, and culture - and for good reason. Lighters and matches ignite candles, pilot lights, campfires, cigarettes, fireplace fires, and countless other presumably safe fires. Easy-to-buy, easy-to-transport, and easy-to-use, matches and lighters are convenient and effective, but can also be deadly and destructive. Although lighters and matches are similar in use and availability, match-ignited fires outnumber lighter-ignited fires by more than two to one. It is important to recognize that lighter- and match-ignited fires have different characteristics and an ...

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