Canadian researchers have quantified the exhorbitant, economic loss associated with residential fires in homes without fire sprinklers.
Conducted by the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Ontario, the study has placed a (Canadian) dollar amount on potential years of lives lost and cost of fire deaths at home. Over a 14-year period:
- there was a collective loss of 24,051 years of life due to fire
- the study concluded that these lives that were shortened or lost from fire cost the Canadian economy $7.6 billion Canadian ($5.6 billion U.S.).
- the average cost to treat a burn patient averaged $85,000 Canadian ($64,000 U.S.)
"I was burned in a house fire in March 2014, and after two years, I've actually lost count of how many surgeries I've had," said Sandra Treacy, a burn survivor who spoke at a news conference today underscoring the new study. "I'm still undergoing treatment, so I haven't been able to return to work."
Treacy joined NFPA and an array of life safety advocates during the event held at the Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute in Mississauga. Also attending the event was the Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association and The Co-Operators, a Canadian insurance company, which co-sponsored the study.
Released last year, the first phase of Sunnybrook's study analyzed the cost of treating patients injured from home fires, placing treatment costs at $96 million Canadian ($71 million U.S.). When all resources were accounted for--including rehabilitation, transportation, and property loss--that number swelled to $3.6 billion Canadian ($2.2 billion U.S.).
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