Table 1

Variables used in this study

VariableDescriptionData source
YDeaths or injuries, broken down by age, gender and census tractNFIRS
Exposurelog of the average number of people exposed to fire, broken down by age, gender and census tractCalculated
FireSizeSmall*Per cent of reported fires that are confined to the room of originNFIRS
FireSizeMedPer cent of reported fires that grow beyond the room of originNFIRS
FireSizeLgPer cent of reported fires that grow beyond the building of origin. Note that this is a subset of FireSizeMed.NFIRS
West*Census region2010 Census Tiger Lines
SouthCensus region2010 Census Tiger Lines
NortheastCensus region2010 Census Tiger Lines
MidwestCensus region2010 Census Tiger Lines
DeptSize3*Indicator for tracts served by departments serving 10 000–25 000 peopleFireCARES
DeptSize4Indicator for tracts served by departments serving 25 000–50 000 peopleFireCARES
DeptSize5Indicator for tracts served by departments serving 50 000–100 000 peopleFireCARES
DeptSize6Indicator for tracts served by departments serving 100 000–250 000 peopleFireCARES
DeptSize7Indicator for tracts served by departments serving 250 000–500 000 peopleFireCARES
DeptSize8Indicator for tracts served by departments serving 500 000–1 million peopleFireCARES
DeptSize9Indicator for tracts served by departments serving more than 1 million peopleFireCARES
White*Per cent of population in the age/gender group in the census tract who are whiteACS 2010
BlackPer cent of population in the age/gender group in the census tract who are blackACS 2010
AmerEsPer cent of population in the age/gender group in the census tract who are American Indian or EskimoACS 2010
RaceOtherPer cent of population in the age/gender group in the census tract who are another raceACS 2010
HispanicPer cent of population in the age/gender group in the census tract who are HispanicACS 2010
VacantPer cent of residences in the tract that are vacantACS 2010
OwnerPer cent of residences in the tract that are owner occupiedACS 2010
RenterPer cent of residences in the tract that are renter occupiedACS 2010
CrowdedPer cent of residences with more people than roomsACS 2010
Units.10Per cent of residences in units of 10 or moreACS 2010
MHPer cent of residences that are mobile homesACS 2010
OlderHomePer cent of residences that were constructed before 1980ACS 2010
IncHHlog of median household incomeACS 2010
SVISocial Vulnerability IndexFlanagan et al, 2011
AdultSmokeStatewide smoking rateCPS-TUS 2007
FrailtyNatural-causes death rate, broken down by age and genderWISQARS, 2016
PopPopulation broken down by age and gender and census tractACS 2010
MaleDummy indicator for male
Female.05Dummy indicator of females under the age of 5 years who are injured/died in fires
Female.10*Dummy indicator of females between the ages of 5 and 14 years
Female.20Dummy indicator of females between the ages of 15 and 24 years
Female.30Dummy indicator of females between the ages of 25 and 34 years
Female.40Dummy indicator of females between the ages of 35 and 44 years
Female.50Dummy indicator of females between the ages of 45 and 54 years
Female.60Dummy indicator of females between the ages of 55 and 64 years
Female.70Dummy indicator of females between the ages of 65 and 74 years
Female.80Dummy indicator of females between the ages of 75 and 84 years
Female.85Dummy indicator of females age 85 years and up
Male.05Dummy indicator of males under the age of 5 years
Male.10Dummy indicator of males between the ages of 5 and 14 years
Male.20Dummy indicator of males between the ages of 15 and 24 years
Male.30Dummy indicator of males between the ages of 25 and 34 years
Male.40Dummy indicator of males between the ages of 35 and 44 years
Male.50Dummy indicator of males between the ages of 45 and 54 years
Male.60Dummy indicator of males between the ages of 55 and 64 years
Male.70Dummy indicator of males between the ages of 65 and 74 years
Male.80Dummy indicator of males between the ages of 75 and 84 years
Male.85Dummy indicator of males age 85 years and up
  • *Indicates variables that are excluded to prevent collinearity.