ABSTRACT

Residential Building Fires Involving Individuals with Physical Disabilities   [open pdf - 740KB]

"These topical reports are designed to explore facets of the U.S. fire problem as depicted through data collected in the U.S. Fire Administration's (USFA's) National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). Each topical report briefly addresses the nature of the specific fire or fire-related topic, highlights important findings from the data, and may suggest other resources to consider for further information." Some of the findings of this study include: " An estimated 700 residential building fires involving individuals with physical disabilities are reported to U.S. fire departments each year and cause an estimated 160 deaths, 200 injuries, and $26 million in total loss. Cooking (22 percent) is the leading cause of residential building fires where a physical disability is reported as a human factor contributing to ignition. Sixty-five percent of residential building fires involving people with physical disabilities are limited to the object or room of origin. The cooking area or kitchen is the primary area of origin for residential building fires involving individuals with physical disabilities (38 percent). Residential building fires involving people with physical disabilities are more prevalent in January (12 percent) and December (10 percent)."

Report Number:
Topical Fire Report Series v.12 no.6
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Date:
2011-06
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Public Domain
Retrieved From:
United States Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/
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pdf
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application/pdf
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