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Fire-related mortality in Sweden: Temporal trends 1952 to 2013
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Centre for Public Safety. (Riskhantering)
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Centre for Public Safety.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6928-0683
2015 (English)In: Fire technology, ISSN 0015-2684, E-ISSN 1572-8099, Vol. 52, no 6, p. 1697-1707Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study examines temporal trends in deaths due to fire-related accidents in Sweden from 1952 to 2013 based on statistics in the Cause of Death register held by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare. Fatalities coded with underlying cause of death associated with fire-related accidents are included and absolute numbers and age-adjusted mortality rates are calculated and statistically analysed for trends using Poisson regression. The results show a significant reduction in both absolute numbers and in the age-adjusted mortality rate with a decline in absolute number of deaths of 34% over the period. However, the elderly population (80+ years) showed a significant increase in absolute numbers. Regarding the age-adjusted mortality rate, a significant reduction of 63% was observed and children aged 0 to 4 years showed the largest decrease (91%). A reduction was seen both in terms of fatalities due to burns and carbon monoxide poisoning, although the reduction was more pronounced with regards to burns (69% compared to 46%). Although an overall decrease was observed in both absolute numbers and in the age-adjusted mortality rate, with an aging population, the absolute numbers of fire-related deaths for the elderly population will most likely increase in the future. Therefore, whilst previously a child-injury issue, fire-related deaths in Sweden is now predominantly an issue of safety for the elderly. In combination with more deaths now being attributed to carbon monoxide poisoning, new preventative strategies may be required

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Springer, 2015. Vol. 52, no 6, p. 1697-1707
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Social Sciences Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
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Public Health Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-38967DOI: 10.1007/s10694-015-0551-5ISI: 000387105200004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-38967DiVA, id: diva2:891380
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Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, 2014-5283Available from: 2016-01-07 Created: 2016-01-07 Last updated: 2018-05-22Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Dödsfall i Sverige till följd av brand: Omfattning och historiska trender
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Dödsfall i Sverige till följd av brand: Omfattning och historiska trender
2016 (Swedish)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[en]
Fire-related Deaths in Sweden : Determining Current Levels and Historical Trends
Abstract [sv]

Ingen ska omkomma eller skadas svårt till följd av brand. Så lyder den nollvision som Myndigheten för Samhällsskydd och Beredskap har formulerat för brandskyddsområdet. Visionen ingår i en nationell strategi för att stärka brandskyddet för den enskilde och innehåller förutom vision tydliga mål. Ett målstyrt arbete måste vägledas av kunskap om problemets omfattning, orsaker och riskfaktorer. Likaså är det av stor vikt att ha kunskap om den historiska utvecklingen och rådande trend. Syftet med denna licentiatuppsats är att undersöka förekomst och historisk utveckling av brandrelaterade dödsfall Sverige. Data från tre olika nationella register har använts: Dödsbrandsdatabasen, Dödsorsaksregistret, och Registret över rättsmedicinska undersökningar. Vi har härigenom kunnat visa att den rutinmässigt framtagna statistiken från enskilda register systematiskt underskattar den verkliga situationen med 20-25%. Den historiska analysen visar att risken att omkomma genom brand har mer än halverats under de senaste 60 åren i Sverige. Den största minskningen gäller små barn och det är idag mycket ovanligt att små barn omkommer i brand. Risken har inte minskat i samma utsträckning bland äldre och en åldrande befolkning innebär att denna grupp måste prioriteras i framtida brandskyddsarbete.

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Karlstad: Karlstads universitet, 2016. p. 42
Series
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 4
Keywords
brand, omkomna, länkade data, mortalitet, historisk trend
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject
Risk and Environmental Studies
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urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-38971 (URN)978-91-7063-681-3 (ISBN)
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2016-02-12, 1B364, Frödingsalen, 09:00 (Swedish)
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Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, 2014-5283
Available from: 2016-01-22 Created: 2016-01-07 Last updated: 2016-01-22Bibliographically approved

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