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HHSRS Hazard 24 - Fire

This hazard covers threats from exposure to uncontrolled fire and associated smoke at a dwelling.

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Hazard 24 - Fire

This hazard covers threats from exposure to uncontrolled fire and associated smoke at a dwelling.

It includes injuries from clothing catching alight on exposure to an uncontrolled fire, which appears to be common when people attempt to extinguish such a fire. However, it does not include injuries caused by clothing catching alight from a controlled fire or flame, which may be caused by reaching across a gas flame or an open fire used for space heating.

Occupier behaviour is a major factor in relation to fires starting. Over 80% of accidental fires in dwellings result from occupier carelessness or misuse of equipment or appliances, etc. Fires started by smokers' materials and matches account for about 40% of accidental deaths from dwelling fires, with a death rate of over 30 per 1,000 reported fires, the highest death rate resulting from any cause of fire ignition.

Vulnerable Group: All persons 60 or more years of age

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Index of HHSRS Hazards

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