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House fires have halved in last 20 years, but rate of fatalities has stayed the same

House fires have halved in last 20 years, but rate of fatalities has stayed the same

Despite all the technical advances that have lead to major reductions in house fires, once these do occur the likelihood of someone dying in a fire is the same as it was 20 years ago. This article explores why this is, and suggests that the answer to creating a greater awareness of the risks of fire may be as much about how good the technology looks, as it is about what it does