• Russell T. Jones
  • Vasiliki Zaharopoulos
Part of the Issues in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ICCP)


Accidents are the leading cause of death among children. While there exist a variety of causes of accidents ranging from automobiles to playground equipment, a major source of accidents is fire. More specifically, burn injuries account for 15% of all accidental injuries among individuals admitted to hospitals for burns and scalds (Accident Facts, National Safety Council, 1987). Most fire-related deaths and injuries occur in the home; sources frequently are matches, stoves, and heaters. Hot beverages such as coffee are responsible for many of the reported scalds (Baker, O’Neill, & Kerpf, 1984). Younger children and children who lack parental supervision are at greatest risk for injury (Jones, McDonald, & Shinske, 1990). Most importantly, authorities on burns agree that 75% of all burn injuries can be prevented (Lalor, 1981).


Fire Safety Smoke Detector Passive Strategy Childhood Injury Multiple Baseline Design 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Russell T. Jones
    • 1
  • Vasiliki Zaharopoulos
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA

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