The BC Coroners’ Service has released a report about the deaths of child and youth victims in residential fires.
The panel found children under the age of ten were more likely to die in residential fires than those eleven to eighteen years old.
Homes most at-risk of a fire included those with residents who smoked, substandard or overcrowded housing, and a lower level of child supervision.
The panel is making three recommendations: fire safety education, prevention, and better data collection on deaths caused by fires.
The deaths of thirty four children were investigated.
They had died in twenty-two separate fire incidents from 2005 to 2014.