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Dunn, Vincent. Handling a Fire Scene Fatality. Firehouse. October 1982. pp. 16-19.

Abstract: This article provides a scenario of a fire with fatalities. Questions are asked for response from the reader. The scenario includes a casualty discovered during the secondary search of the house. The firefighters immediately began CPR The article discusses the observations firefighters should make when they discover casualties and possible fatalities. A firefighter should note the room or area the body was discovered in, the position the body was found in, the type of injury the victim sustained, and appearance or condition of the victim.

The article explains the differences between casualties and fatalities. A casualty is an instance when a person suffers an injury as a result of a fire. A fatality or a fire death is a person who dies as a result of injuries sustained during a fire. The article also discussed the most common causes of fatalities in house fires. Rooms with only one exit and unenclosed stairways cause many fatalities each year in America. A room with only one exit forces people to jump or climb out windows. An unenclosed stairway allows smoke to accumulate in upstairs bedrooms, causing fatalities by smoke inhalation. Homeowners should be aware of the dangers the architecture of their homes may create.

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