Fires often happen when no one expects them. No home is immune from the risks of fire and the often irreversible devastation a fire can cause.
Facts about Fires in the UK
In 2017/2018, there had been 37,740 fires in the UK according to Home Office statistics.The good news is that these are the lowest numbers on record.The highest number of fires attended by fire and rescue services on record in a calendar year is 71,082, occurring in 1999/00.
- 30,813 fires in England in 2017/18, which works out at 554 fires per 1 million people
- 5,310 fires in Scotland in 2017/18, which works out at 979 fires per 1 million people
- 1,617 fires in Wales in 2017/18, which works out at 517 fires per 1 million people
Interestingly, Scotland has the most house fires on average while England has a higher number of fires in total.
How many fatalities are caused by fire in the UK?
There were 398 fire-related fatalities in 2017/18. This is also much lower compared to previous years. For instance in 1985/1986 there had been 967 fire-related fatalities.
The majority of fire-related deaths are from smoke inhalation rather than fire itself. In isolation. 25% of fatalities are form burns.
Causes of Fires in the UK
The most common causes of accidental house fires in the UK according to official Home Office statistics are as follows:
- Cooking appliances
- Other electrical appliances
- Electrical systems
- Space heaters
- Central and water heating
- Cigarette lighters
- Blowlamps, welding and cutting equipment
When do house fires occur in the UK?
House fires happen most frequently in December. Most happen early at night, between 6pm and 8pm. The increased number of fires in the UK in Winter is due to more chimney fires in the colder months of the year.
How to increase fire safety?
Install smoke detectors in your home or business. Regularly check your smoke detectors for proper function. Consider modern fire detection technologies such as video fire detection. These systems can detect fires within seconds. A fire camera can easily be integrated into any existing CCTV system.
You can find further help and information at https://www.hse.gov.uk/toolbox/fire.htm