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Facts About Fires In the UK

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
  • Smoking
  • Space heaters
  • Candles
  • Central and water heating
  • Cigarette lighters
  • Matches
  • 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.

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Teach Your Children About Fire Safety And Prevention

Fire SafetyYou can never start early enough teaching your children about the dangers of fires. If you educate all the members in your family about fire safety and fire prevention you are doing your best to help preventing the devastating consequences that could often result from fires.

When you talk to your family about how to be safe and sound from fires, it can be a good idea to also educate them on what can be done inside a home to keep fires from causing major damages.

If you have equipment such as fire extinguishers, fire alarms and smoke alarms throughout your home, showed them how to use them properly in an emergency. It is a frightening fact that most people do not even know how to use a fire extinguisher. By teaching your family how to use them, injuries or major damages in case a fire breaks can be kept at a minimum.

Obviously, the average person does not have all the required knowledge when it comes to the use of fire extinguishers or similar equipment.

If that’s the case you should consider consulting professionals who can teach you and your family about the latest in fire safety and prevention. Simply call up your local fire brigade office and ask them whether they offer fire safety courses. In case they don’t they can give you further advice where to get this type of training in your area.

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