What Keeps the Home Fires Burning?

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The article on residential fires by Runyan and her colleagues1 in this issue of the Journal highlights a continuing plague. Residential fires are the leading cause of death due to injury among children in one fifth of all U.S. states.2 Among children one to four years of age, the number of deaths in home fires surpasses the number due to cancer. Among the elderly, rates of death due to fires are even higher than those among children.3 In the past six decades, the rate of death due to unintentional injuries overall dropped by 65 percent, but for house fires the…

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)887-888
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number12
StatePublished - Sep 17 1992

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  • General Medicine


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