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Secretary of state for health declines to promote free distribution of smoke alarms

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7060.814 (Published 28 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:814
  1. Ian Roberts, Director
  1. Child Health Monitoring Unit, Institute of Child Health, London WC1N 1EH

    EDITOR,—A recent paper in the New England Journal of Medicine1 on a topic of direct relevance to the Health of the Nation's targets for reducing accidents2 stimulated a parliamentary question that received a rather disappointing response from the Department of Health.

    Residential fires are the second commonest cause of accidental death of children in Britain: each year about 70 children die as a result of residential fires in England and Wales.3 Observational epidemiological studies indicate that smoke alarms are effective in preventing …

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