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Rural and Non-Rural Civilian Residential Fire Fatalities in Twelve States.


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Gomberg, A.; Clark, L. P.

NBSIR 82-2519; 52 p. June 1982.

Sponsor:

Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, DC

Available from:

National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB82-252032

Keywords:

fire fatalities; fire statistics; buidling fires; residential buildings; fire data; heating euipment; rural fires

Abstract:

The results of an analysis of fire causal factors in over 1600 fire fatalities are presented. The primary emphasis is on the identification of fire causes leading to demonstrated high fatality rates in rural areas. It was found that the most signifiant rural fire fatality cause was heating equiment, with improper installation and misuse of solid fueled heating equipment predominating. Other fire causes making significant contributions to high rural fatality rates were also investigated and documented. Additional data are currently being collected to enable further evaluation of rural fire problems.