Fires vs. Oil Prices

by Rachel Swindell


I concluded that there are more fires when oil prices rise. This would be because when oil prices rise, people use less safe fuel (such as wood), which makes fires more likely. I noticed that oil prices and wood prices fluctuate together, which supports the idea in that if oil prices rise, more people use wood, so wood prices rise. I also noticed that the house and chimney fire data does the same thing, but the data was incomplete, so it was less noticeable and I am less sure of my conclusion. This supports my idea because if people were using less safe material to heat their homes, there would be more fires. All together, there is lots of evidence to support the fact that the are more house and chimney fires when oil prices rise.
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