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Household Fire Protection Practices in Relation to Socio-demographic Characteristics: Evidence from a Swedish National Survey

Journal article
Authors F. Nilson
Carl Bonander
Published in Fire Technology
Pages 22
ISSN 0015-2684
Publication year 2019
Published at Institute of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Health Metrics
Pages 22
Language en
Keywords Socioeconomic status, Multiple correspondence analysis, Fire safety, Health inequality, Risk factors, adjusted life years, global burden, smoke alarms, older-people, risk-factors, time trends, home fire, injuries, safety, sweden
Subject categories Health Sciences


The sociodemographic inequalities in the ownership of residential fire safety equipment, fire prevention practices and fire protection knowledge was studied using an inductive and data-driven approach based on the responses to a national Swedish survey containing individual-level data on several dimensions of home fire safety practices (n = 7507). Cluster analysis was used to summarise home fire safety data and sociodemographic characteristics of the sample were then regressed on the data ordinal regression analysis. The results showed significant correlations between the level of fire protection and a range of factors (sex, age, family composition, income, housing type and country of birth), suggesting a positive effect of socioeconomic success. Further, the results imply that having experienced a residential fire has a positive impact on future fire protection practices, and that higher levels of fire protection interest increases the probability of having a functional smoke detector.

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