"Each year in the United States, an average of 2,500 fires occur in medical facilities, resulting in approximately 5 civilian fire deaths, 125 injuries, and $8.7 million in property loss. Medical facilities include hospitals, clinics, infirmaries, and other facilities that provide care to the sick and injured. Fires in these facilities can be particularly dangerous due to the presence of oxygen and other flammable substances and the challenge of evacuating patients who may not be ambulatory." This topical report, revised March 2002, presents an overview of some characteristics of these fires.
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United States Fire Administration Topical Fire Research Series (October 2001), v.2 no.8