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Old age and fire injury

Taylor, M, Francis, H and Fielding, J (2023) Old age and fire injury. Journal of Fire Sciences. ISSN 0734-9041

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Previous studies indicated that the elderly are vulnerable to fire injury. In this article the nature of such vulnerability in terms of fire injury risk factors including age band, gender, occupancy level, deprivation, mobility, alcohol consumption, and attempting to fight the fire is examined in a UK fire and rescue service between April 2011 and April 2022. Fire injury risk was greater the age of the elderly individual, more likely for males up to 74, but more likely for females above that age, possibly due to the greater proportion of females to males above age 74 in the area and time period studied. Elderly fire injuries mainly occurred in single occupancy housing and in more deprived areas. Cooking related fire injuries accounted for 60.2% of elderly fire injuries, followed by smoking related fire injuries (14.3%) and heating related fire injuries (7.2%). Fire fatalities were not included in the analysis.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Taylor M, Francis H, Fielding J, Old age and fire injury , Journal of Fire Sciences. Copyright © 2023. DOI: 10.1177/07349041231153040. Reuse is restricted to non-commercial and no derivative uses.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0912 Materials Engineering; Strategic, Defence & Security Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Computer Science & Mathematics
Publisher: SAGE Publications
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2023 08:31
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2023 13:00
DOI or ID number: 10.1177/07349041231153040
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/18588
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