Fire Statistics: Great Britain [April 2012 to March 2013]

The latest fire statistics have just been released by the Department for Communities & Local Government.

  • Fire and Rescue Authorities in Britain attended 192,600 fires in 2012-13. This is nearly a third fewer than the year before, due to fewer outdoor fires as a result of above average rain-fall.
  • While only 12 per cent of dwellings report not having a working smoke alarm in England, more than one third of fires occurred in dwellings in Great Britain where no alarm was installed.
  • Three quarters of fire-related fatalities occurred in dwelling fires, the figure fell by 11 per cent (32 deaths) compared to 2011-12.
  • Smoker’s materials (i.e. cigarettes, cigars or pipe tobacco) have caused the largest share of deaths in dwelling fires, while cooking appliances are the source of ignition in more than half of fires in dwellings.
  • Half of fire deaths in buildings that were not dwellings resulted from smoker’s material or cigarette lighters.
  • The risk of dying in a fire for elderly people (65 and over) is over twice as high as the average for all ages.
  • In the year to 2012-13 fire fatalities rates fell by 10% in Eng-land and by over 20% in Scotland and Wales. Scotland con-tinued to have a higher rate of fire deaths compared to both England and to Wales.
  • Males have higher rates of fire fatality than females, but the gender gap in fire fatality rate narrowed in 2012-13.

These latest fire statistics again illustrate the need to maintain fire safety standards within residential accommodation.  Arranging for suitable and sufficient fire risk assessments by competent people remains at the heart of reducing fire risks to minimum levels”   Phil Jones

For more information and further statistics please visit the Government Website.

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