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Posted on 22/09/2016 in News 32 2016
Fire Toxicity 2016 UCLAN Preston, UK, 22-23 March 2016

Organised with support of the EU FLARETEX COST Action MP 1105, and the University of Central Lancashire –¬†Conference summary below prepared by Anna Stec and Richard Hull.
http://www.uclan.ac.uk/news/international-conference-fire-toxicity.php

The organisers opened the conference by underlining that the inhalation of toxic smoke is the biggest killer and the largest cause of injury in fires, but is a neglected area of fire science and fire safety engineering. This conference highlighted the health concerns in a multidisciplinary way: on the first day scientists described the evolution and measurement of toxic products from fires, while medical practitioners described dealing with the short and long-term care of fire victims; the second day was devoted to the issues of fire fighter safety and the abnormally high rates of cancers amongst them; the third day focused on the regulatory framework that currently fails to protect fire victims from smoke inhalation, and how this problem may be addressed.

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