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A comparison of fire injuries during and pre-COVID-19 restrictions

Francis, H, Taylor, M, Fielding, J, Oakford, G and Appleton, D (2023) A comparison of fire injuries during and pre-COVID-19 restrictions. Fire Safety Journal, 143. ISSN 0379-7112

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In this article we compare accidental dwelling fire injuries in Merseyside in the North West of England during (April 2020 to April 2021) and before (April 2019 to April 2020) COVID-19 restrictions. Overall, the number of accidental dwelling fire injuries, and the percentage of accidental dwelling fires resulting in injury had shown a slightly larger decrease during COVID-19 restrictions in Merseyside compared to the typical decrease between the preceding years. Comparing accidental fire injuries in the year before and during COVID-19 restrictions in Merseyside, there was a decrease in cooking and candle related fire injuries, and fewer slight burns injuries, and injuries associated with being overcome by smoke / toxic fumes during the COVID-19 restrictions. The COVID-19 restrictions did not appear to have had a significant effect on proportions of fire injuries across areas with different levels of deprivation in Merseyside compared to the previous year.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV697 Protection, assistance and relief
Divisions: Computer Science & Mathematics
Publisher: Elsevier
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2023 13:34
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2024 14:16
DOI or ID number: 10.1016/j.firesaf.2023.104074
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22068
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