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Long-term follow-up of a community-based smoke alarm installation programme
  1. Mary A McCoy1,
  2. Shelli Stephens-Stidham1,
  3. Emily Caton2,
  4. Ted O Padgett2,
  5. Jeffrey J Barnard3,
  6. Gregory R Istre1
  1. 1Injury Prevention Center of Greater Dallas, Dallas, Texas, USA
  2. 2Dallas Fire Rescue Department, Dallas, Texas, USA
  3. 3The Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences, Office of the Medical Examiner, Dallas, Texas, USA
  1. Correspondence to Mary A McCoy, Injury Prevention Center of Greater Dallas, 6300 Harry Hines Blvd, Suite 240, Dallas, TX 75235, USA; Maria.McCoy{at}

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We previously reported the results of the 10-year follow-up of house fire-related deaths and injuries (HF-D/I) among residents of the 8134 programme houses versus the 24 346 non-programme houses in 36 census tracts in Dallas, Texas, USA, that had smoke alarms installed between April 2001 and April 2011 through a community-based smoke alarm installation programme called Operation Installation (OI).1 At that time, we had an average follow-up of 5.2 years. Using ongoing surveillance for HF-D/I and the same methods of study that were used in the initial report,1 we have re-assessed the effectiveness of …

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