Seven Fatal Fire Factors

Fire services in the South West of England have joined together to identify the seven fatal factors that link most home fire deaths in the region.

With the societal cost of a fire death in the home estimated at more than £1.65 million, HM Coroner Ian Arrow says the findings of the CFOA South West Fire Investigation Group will prove "invaluable in identifying high risk individuals, who would benefit from inter-agency intervention".

The CFOA report was been compiled using research data from a total of 88 deaths from 2008 to 2013, and found that the most common factor was that the victim lived alone, which was identified in 47 of the 88 cases (53%).

The full list of seven common factors was:

  1. Mental health
  2. Poor housekeeping
  3. Alcohol
  4. Smoking
  5. Drugs (prescription or illegal)
  6. Limited mobility
  7. Living alone

The research also identified the following facts:

Source: Fire Magazine

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