When you smell smoke': 'Risk factors' and fire safety in action.

Lloyd, M. and Roen, Katrina (2002) When you smell smoke': 'Risk factors' and fire safety in action. Health, Risk and Society, 4 (2). pp. 139-153. ISSN 1369-8575

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A neglected way of talking about risk is to focus on one of its correlates, 'safety'. This study examines how fire-safety knowledge is put into action. We are concerned with how knowledge of household fire 'risk factors' may, or may not, gain a concrete existence in the interactions between firefighters and householders. Using a 'translation' model loosely derived from Actor-Network-Theory, we show the complexity of the social interactions that constitute safety in action. The aim is not to critique the 'risk factors' approach and its epidemiological underpinnings; nevertheless, the implication is that proponents of the 'risk factors' approach need to understand the interactions where risk and safety are socially embedded, for this is where they gain their life.

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Journal Article
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Health, Risk and Society
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RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Social Work and Social Policy & Administration
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?? riskfire safetyknowledge translationpublic health, environmental and occupational healthh social sciences (general) ??
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18 Mar 2008 16:08
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