Home Fire Deaths Linked to Alcohol

March 2004
Fire Chief;Mar2004, Vol. 48 Issue 3, p15
Trade Publication
The article focuses on fire deaths and other fatal injuries caused due to alcohol. Alcohol plays a significant role in residential fire deaths and other fatal injuries, impairing up to 40 percent of people killed in home fires and more than half of emergency room victims treated for trauma. There is a significant link between alcohol and residential fire deaths as well as between alcohol and deaths from car accidents, falls, drowning, homicide and suicide. The article helps to educate fire officials and the public about this problem, so that campaigns that have been so successful in warning about drinking and driving can bring similar attention to drinking and fires. The article also makes an important note that smoking combined with alcohol abuse exacerbates the risk of fire deaths.


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