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USFA Releases Two Reports On Fires Ignited By Lighters And Matches

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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