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Fire Safety Statistics (Year Ending 2017)

For almost a decade, the number of fires attended by the Fire & Rescue Services had been falling. But statistics released by gov.uk for the Year Ending September 2017 showed an increase. To give you a greater picture, we’ve selected 10 key statistics from the Office for National Statistics.

1 170,519 fires were attended in comparison to 156,671 the previous year, a 9% increase.

156,671

2016

170,519

2017

Fire engine

2 There were 30,328 primary dwelling fires, down slightly from 30,966 the previous year.

30,966

2016

30,328

2017

House fire

3 Fire-related fatalities were 346 from 253 the previous year.

253

2016

346

2017

Firefighter carry

4 Numbers of fires in dwellings were as follows:

22,715

Houses, bungalows and converted flats

4,909

Purpose built flats between 1 and 3 storeys

1,954

Purpose built flats between 4 and 9 storeys

750

Purpose built flats with 10 storeys or more

Building fires

5 The Year Ending September 2017 saw 4,086 chimney fires compared to 4,115.

4,115

2016

4,086

2017

Chimney fire

6 Accidental fires increased by 2%, while deliberate fires went up 17%.

2%

Accidential Fires

17%

Deliberate Fires

Accidental pan fire

7 There were 4,794 deliberate other building fires, a 9% increase on the 4,397 from the year previous.

4,397

2016

4,794

2017

Deliberate fire with gas can

8 There were 222,997 false fire alarms, roughly the same as the previous year, 222,222.

222,222

2016

222,997

2017

Fire alarm

9 False alarms caused by apparatus faults totalled 149,351 compared to 150,224 the previous year.

150,224

2016

149,351

2017

False alarm

10 Malicious calls as false alarms went up from 6,981 to 7,108.

6,981

2016

7,108

2017

Mailicious call

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