U.S. firefighter fatalities in 2018

Eighty-two firefighters died while on duty.

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Is your smoke alarm installation program a liability concern?

Recent research from The Network for Public Health Law found no cases in which the courts — at any level — held fire departments liable for damage or injury associated with smoke alarm installation in non-public housing.

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How organizational factors affect firefighter cancer screening

A recent study involving fire departments in Florida examined how organizational factors can influence the implementation of firefighter cancer screening and other occupational safety and health activities.

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On-duty firefighter fatalities (2019)

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Home fire fatalities (2019)

Down 15% compared to fatalities reported from Jan. 1 – Nov. 9, 2018.

38 home fire fatalities were reported by the U.S. news media for Nov. 3-9, 2019.

Older adults (65 and over) represent 26% of all fatalities.

New York leads the nation in reported fatalities with 96.

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