The Yuma Fire Department recently urged all parents and legal guardians to teach their children to stay away from matches. About 45% of unintentional child fatalities occur in and around the home. They are the result of fires, burns, suffocation, firearms, falls, choking, poisoning, and drowning. Around 4,900 fires in 2010 were reported to the US fire department involving a child who played with fire. These fires resulted in 90 fatalities, civilian injuries, and $210 million in direct property damage. A Yuma Fire Department public information officer explained that two of every three cases of a child playing with fire involves lighters or matches. Most children killed in these fires are under the age of five, as well, and these types of fires are the leading cause of death for preschoolers. Children should be taught that matches can lead to fires, and they aren’t toys. Matches must be locked securely away to prevent access, as well. Families should also make plans for escaping their home quickly in case of an emergency. A safe meeting place should be designated for family members after they leave the home. If a fire starts, a child shouldn’t hide if they are scared, according to news reports. Learn more about safety.