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Doyle, Anne and Lyons, Suzi and Lynn, Ena (2019) Profile of fire fatalities in Ireland using coronial data. Fire Safety , (102892) .

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For the first time in the Republic of Ireland, analysis using coronial data describes all fire-related fatalities occurring during the years 2014–2016. Of the 106 fatalities, the majority of those who died were male (69, 65%) and 55 (52%) were 65 years or older. Most fires took place in private dwellings (97, 92%), in rural locations (58, 55%) and the majority were alone at the time of the fire (73, 69%). Fatal fires occurred more frequently during the night and where known (n = 48), the leading cause of fatal fires was due to smoking materials (12, 25%). Mobility was an issue for 16 people (15%) and 32 people (30%) were known to be smokers. Farmers and agricultural workers were over-represented in the data. Alcohol features prominently with alcohol present on toxicology for 54 (51%) fatalities. A Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of at least 160 mg of alcohol per 100 mL of blood (mg/100 ml) was present in 35 fatalities (33% of all fatalities) and of those, the majority were male and in the 35–59 years age group. The high BAC levels in a significant number of fire fatalities, draws attention to the negative impact of alcohol on fire-related mortality.


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Date:October 2019
Number:102892
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Effects and consequences
B Substances > Alcohol
B Substances > Tobacco (cigarette smoking)
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use > Alcohol intoxication
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Substance use prevention > Substance use harm reduction
MA-ML Social science, culture and community > Type of society and culture > Rural society
P Demography, epidemiology, and history > Population dynamics > Substance related mortality / death
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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