According to research recently published by the Government the number of fires attended in the UK by the authorities are ‘noticeably fewer’ in 2012/2013.
487,000 fires or false alarms¬†were attended in the is period, as opposed to 586,00 in the previous period – a significant reduction of 17%. Furthermore these figures show a reduction of almost 50% than 10 years ago.
Of the 487,00 attendances fires accounted for 192,600 (29% lower than last year) and false alarms made up the rest – which is 6% lower.
The number of fatalities at 350 is the lowest its has been in the last 50 years.
Most of the fires happened in domestic premises; 22,500 incidents occurred in premises such as shops, pubs and cafes and industrial manufacturing premises¬†classed in the report¬†as other buildings.
These figures although reducing show the importance of having a suitable means of warning and detection installed.¬† As ever it is imperative that they are in full working order – a maintained fire alarm system is less likely to false alarm.
They also confirm the importance of having an escape plan and a suitable Fire Risk Assessment in place.
2nd June 2014