NFPA has released a new report that details home fire deaths in which physical disability played a factor. The report compares circumstances regarding deaths where physical disability was a factor to home fire deaths overall in order to highlight different hazards faced.
Among the report's findings:
- Three of every five victims when physical disability was a factor were aged 65 or older
- Two of five (41%) victims where physical disability was a factor were killed by a fire started by smoking materials, compared to 25% of all home fire victims
NFPA members can download the full report, and all visitors can download a fact sheet and the executive summary at www.nfpa.org/disabilities. This site has additional information regarding safety in the workplace and teaching tips for fire safety educators.
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