"Older adults (individuals 65 years and older for the purposes of this paper) represent one of the highest fire risk populations in the United States. As a natural result of the aging process, older adults present unique challenges in the fields of fire protection, prevention, and safety. Changes associated with the aging process predispose older adults to ignite a fire yet, at the same time, reduce their chances of surviving it. As our population ages, we are likely to see more fire deaths in older adults unless active steps are taken to mitigate this public health problem." This topical report, revised December 2001, provides data and examines the causes and characteristics of these fires.
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United States Fire Administration Topical Fire Research Series (January 2001), v.1 no.5