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The true death toll of home oxygen fires across the United States is likely to be higher than previous estimates by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), our new study - The prevalence and impact of home oxygen fires in the USA – has revealed.

 

The study examines media reports of home oxygen fire incidents in the US between December 2017 and August 2019. It identifies news reports on 311 separate home oxygen fires over a 20-month period. These incidents resulted in a total of 164 deaths, 71 serious injuries, and 119 minor injuries, which amounts to more than one death every four days.

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Home oxygen fire death toll in England falls dramatically

Monday, 25 February 2019 11:59:00 Europe/London

Home oxygen fires in England led to only one death between 2013 and 2017, our Freedom of Information request to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) has revealed.

We asked 212 CCGs in England how many incidents and fatalities involving home oxygen they had recorded for each year over the five-year period. Nearly three-quarters (73%) responded to the request, with only one fatality reported, in the Yorkshire and Humberside region in November 2013.

 

During this period a total of 63 non-fatal incidents were recorded. When the results are extrapolated to cover the full home oxygen patient population in England and Wales (81,000), the results would be 89 incidents and 1.4 deaths – a significantly lower rate than any previous study in the UK or elsewhere.

 

The data, published in our White Paper ‘Home Oxygen Fire Prevalence in England (2013-17)’, reveals that there are almost twenty times more home oxygen fatalities in the US - and ten times more in Japan - compared with England.

During the same five-year period in the US, the number of fatalities involving home oxygen fires, when adjusted to reflect the equivalent patient population, was 27. In Japan, it was 14.

 

The full White Paper report and infographic can be downloaded from www.firebreaks.info/uk

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