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A chaos theory view of accidental dwelling fire injuries

Taylor, M, Francis, H, Fielding, J, Jarman, I and Etchells, T (2024) A chaos theory view of accidental dwelling fire injuries. Fire and Materials. ISSN 0308-0501

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In this article we examine a chaos theory view of accidental dwelling fire injuries using data from a UK fire and rescue service over a ten-year period. Although chaos theory could not predict if or when a fire injury will occur for a given individual, chaos theory provided further information above and beyond the typical statistical analyses undertaken by fire and rescue services in terms of identifying pattern repetitions, interconnectedness of circumstances, and sensitivity to initial conditions relating to the circumstances of accidental dwelling fire injuries. Householder behaviours such as attempting to tackle the fire or being under the influence of alcohol or drugs were the most prevalent circumstances relating to fire injury over the period studied. Proportions of smoke / toxic fumes inhalation injuries, and injuries sustained attempting to fight the fire compared to the overall numbers of fire injuries per year showed pattern repetition over the period studied. In terms of interconnectedness, although there were roughly equal numbers of male and female fire injuries overall, the likelihood of an alcohol / drug related fire injury or a fire injury resulting from attempting to put out a fire was strongly connected with the gender of the householder involved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0399 Other Chemical Sciences; 0904 Chemical Engineering; 0999 Other Engineering; Polymers
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Computer Science & Mathematics
Publisher: Wiley
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 24 May 2024 09:14
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2024 12:45
DOI or ID number: 10.1002/fam.3225
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/23350
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