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NFPA: Nursing home fires kill an average of 16 annually

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, June 1, 2009

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Here’s an interesting statistic: Although about half of all nursing home fires involved cooking activities gone awry, blazes that involve bedding materials or electrical wires are much more likely to result in deaths and injuries.
Those conclusions come from researchers at the NFPA, who amassed data on nursing home fires for the period from 2002 to 2005. Their report, U.S. Structure Fires in Nursing Homes, was published by the NFPA in September 2008.
In broad strokes, there are an estimated 2,810 fires in nursing homes annually, according to the report. These fires result in an average of 16 deaths and 130 civilian injuries each year.

 

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