STP614: Fire-Related Fatalities: An Analysis of Their Demography, Physical Origins, and Medical Causes

    Berl, WG
    Principal investigator, Fire Problems Program and systems analyst, Applied Physics Laboratory, The Johns Hopkins University, Silver Spring, Md.

    Halpin, BM
    Principal investigator, Fire Problems Program and systems analyst, Applied Physics Laboratory, The Johns Hopkins University, Silver Spring, Md.

    Pages: 29    Published: Jan 1976


    Abstract

    Data are presented and analyzed on the demographic variables (location, age, sex, and race) of people perishing in fires in the state of Maryland in 1972/1973, on the physical causes of these fires, and on the most likely medical effects. Carbon monoxide as asphyxiant, cigarettes as ignition source, and the disproportionately large involvement of children and the elderly are pointed up. The contributory effects of alcohol ingestion, particularly in men in the 40 to 60 years age group, are described.

    Keywords:

    fires, demographic surveys, mortality, fire hazards, toxicity


    Paper ID: STP37202S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E05.32

    DOI: 10.1520/STP37202S


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