Where are Fires Likely to Start?

Fires can breakout anywhere if enough care and caution is not taken. However, statistics have shown that certain workplaces are more susceptible to fires than others. Being aware of where these higher risks lie will help protect your business from any accidental fires in the future.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has published its fire statistics, taken from April 2013 to March 2014. These statistics are collated from Fire and Rescue Service records of incidents that were reported and attended to by authorities across the UK.

Where Does a Fire Start?

There were a total number of 22,200 commercial fires that broke out between 2013 and 2014. Here is a list showing where the majority of the fires occurred:

Private garages/outhouses

Total accidental fires: 4,600

Percentage: 21%

Retail distribution

Total fires: 3,000

Percentage: 13%

Industrial premises

Total fires: 2,500

Percentage: 11%

Restaurants, cafes and bars

Total fires: 2,200

Percentage: 10%

Communal living

Total fires: 1,900

Percentage: 9%

During the period in which these fires broke out, 17 people died; a mere one less than the previous year. Adding to this, there were 1,083 injuries sustained; 5% more than the previous year.

Overall, these statistics reveal a 5% representation of all fire fatalities and 11% of non-fatal casualties across the UK.

How are Fires Started?

It’s interesting to see that the main cause of accidental fires is due to faulty appliances and leads. This resulted in 3,700 fires (25% of all fires). Alongside this, 2,000 fires were started due to misuse of equipment or appliances.

In light of this, it is vital for any business to have all electrical appliances tested and stamped with approval. You should also train all staff how to safely use them. It is also a vital and legal requirement to have the necessary fire safety equipment on your premises. Then, if a fire was to occur, you and your staff will be able to handle the situation calmly and efficiently, avoiding any potential accidents or fatalities.

Cheshire Fire are leaders in installing all safety equipment, including alarms, extinguishers and other safety equipment in order to keep you and your premises safe. Simply get in touch today for more information.