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

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  • M. Lloyd
  • Katrina Roen
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/07/2002
<mark>Journal</mark>Health, Risk and Society
Issue number2
Number of pages15
Pages (from-to)139-153
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


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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RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Social Work and Social Policy & Administration