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Fire Alarms: Standards

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what percentage of (a) battery-operated and (b) hard-wired smoke alarms were found to be defective in dwelling fires in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. (198356)

Information on the number and percentage of fire alarms which failed to operate in dwelling fires, in England, as recorded by Fire and Rescue Services, is presented in the table:

Smoke alarm failures in dwelling fires1 by type of alarm, England, 1997-2006

Year and Alarm type

Total

Alarm operated

Alarm failed to activate

Percentage failed

1997

Total

15,844

12,192

3,652

23

Battery-powered

7,754

4,884

2,870

37

Mains-powered

7,994

7,263

731

9

Other and unspecified

96

45

51

53

1998

Total

17,531

13,091

4,440

25

Battery-powered

8,108

4,661

3,447

43

Mains-powered

9,325

8,372

953

10

Other and unspecified

98

58

40

41

1999

Total

20,072

14,888

5,186

26

Battery-powered

9,156

5,290

3,867

42

Mains-powered

10,827

9,556

1,271

12

Other and unspecified

89

42

48

54

2000

Total

21,284

15,731

5,552

26

Battery-powered

9,595

5,396

4,198

44

Mains-powered

11,597

10,287

1,310

11

Other and unspecified

92

48

44

48

2001

Total

21,647

15,682

5,964

28

Battery-powered

10,189

5,721

4,467

44

Mains-powered

11,370

9,906

1,464

13

Other and unspecified

88

55

33

38

20022

Total

20,442

15,153

5,288

26

Battery-powered

9,395

5,458

3,936

42

Mains-powered

10,929

9,615

1,314

12

Other and unspecified

118

80

38

32

20032

Total

22,079

16,644

5,434

25

Battery-powered

10,057

6,112

3,945

39

Mains-powered

11,896

10,471

1,425

12

Other and unspecified

126

61

64

51

2004

Total

22,779

17,257

5,523

24

Battery-powered

10,147

6,179

3,969

39

Mains-powered

12,540

11,013

1,527

12

Other unspecified

92

65

27

29

2005

Total

23,691

18,179

5,512

23

Battery-powered

9,998

6,212

3,786

38

Mains-powered

13,566

11,884

1,682

12

Other and unspecified

127

83

44

35

2006

Total

23,435

18,038

5,399

23

Battery-powered

9,994

6,426

3,569

36

Mains-powered

13,294

11,510

1,784

13

Other and unspecified

147

102

46

31

1 Figures for 1997-2004 and for Q2-Q4 2006 are based on sampled, weighted data.

2 Excluding incidents not recorded during periods of industrial action in 2002 and 2003.