Illinois arson teams investigated more than 350 arson fires last year. Jessica Blackford, with the State's Fire Marshall's Office, says 43 of those were started by children. The state is urging parents to use matches, lighters, candles, and other fire starting tools cautiously.
Blackford says they also want parents to teach teens to respect these devices and show them how to handle them in a safe way. More than a billion dollars in damages were reported across the nation last year, thanks to fires started by youth. Three thousand injuries are linked to those fires.