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The Impact of Drugs on Fire Risk

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.