Woman in Buffalo, New York accidentally sets herself on fire
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Despite her "severe" burns as described by firefighters on radio communications, she was still able to dial the emergency line in the U.S., 911.
In the U.S. only 4% of all residential fires were reportedly caused by smoking materials in 2002. These fires, however, were responsible for 19% of residential fire fatalities and 9% of injuries. The fatality rate due to smoking is nearly four times higher than the overall residential fire rate; injuries are more than twice as likely. Forty percent of all smoking fires start in the bedroom or living room/family room; in 35% of these fires, bedding or upholstered furniture are the items first ignited.
- U.S. Fire Administration/National Fire Data Center. "Residential Smoking Fires and Casualties" — , June 2005