What are the racial and sexual predilections of smoke inhalation injuries?

Updated: Oct 15, 2021
  • Author: Keith A Lafferty, MD; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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One study in New Jersey reports on the demographics of fire fatalities and notes that victims who perished did not parallel the ethnic census of the time. [5, 31] Whites accounted for 53% of fatalities and comprised 49% on the census. African Americans accounted for 38% of fatalities and 13% of the census.

The male-to-female ratio in fire fatalities is about 3:2.


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