Fire Statistics for 2012 -2013 England Scotland and WalesSteve
- 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 2012-2013 fire fatalities fell by 10% in England and by over 20% in Scotland and Wales. Scotland continues to have the highest number of fire related deaths when compared with England and Wales
- Males have higher rates of fire fatality than females, but the gender gap in fire fatality rate narrowed in 2012-13
These statistics are taken from Fire Statistics: Great Britain April 2012 to March 2013
As we see from the statistics that if you’re in a household with smokers you are more likely to be involved in a house fire