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The FireTox team was busy this week at the NFPA Annual Conference and Expo presenting important findings from our recently completed, NIST-funded, research project which evaluated the relationship between drug use and fire risk. The research team studied toxicology and fire investigation reports for nearly 1000 fire decedents. The study has identified the most prevalent prescription, illicit, and over-the-counter medications present in decedents and trends in demographics, incident time, smoke alarm presence and operability, fire origin and cause, and human behavior. Stay tuned for more information on accessing the full research report and the comprehensive dataset.

Did you know that certain medications can impact your risk of falling and/or sustaining an injurious fall? Did you know that some of these same medications may impact your ability to awaken to a smoke alarm? To learn more, check out a recent NFPA podcast that highlights FireTox’s important research findings. You can also access the full report here.

FireTox is gearing up for a busy spring and summer with training seminars for a variety of different audiences. Click the links below to register for our upcoming events.

Fire Suppression System Failures hosted by the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP)- March 22, 2022, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm (ET). Registration is free to IAAI members. IAAI members can register at and NASP members can register at

A Community Approach to Preventing Falls and Fires Among Older Adults at the 2022 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Conference & Expo- June 6, 2022, 8:00 am-9:00 am (ET). Register at

The Impact of Drugs on Fire Risk at the 2022 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Conference & Expo- June 7, 2022, 10:30 am-12:00 pm (ET). Register at

If you missed our recent webinar on Occupant Tenability Assessment Approaches in Performance-Based Design hosted by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), you can watch the recorded webinar available from SFPE at

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