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Fires

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many electrical fires have occurred in newly rewired or newly built properties in England in each of the last five years. [Official Report, 27 February 2009, Vol. 488, c. 3MC.] (247115)

Fire and rescue services in England do not collect information on property construction dates or a history of electrical maintenance in buildings when attending fires. Information on the number of building fires started by electrics is available in the following table. The latest statistics available are for 2007.

Fires started by electrical appliances/wiring in buildings, by source of ignition, England, 2003-071

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Country and source of ignition

England

15,226

79,502

75,983

72,451

67,709

Cooking appliances

1,386

1,441

1,485

1,502

1,419

Electric space heater

140

136

126

155

190

Plugs

56

55

76

96

81

Sockets and switches

308

316

362

371

387

Leads to appliances

495

523

434

429

380

Wire and cable

3,276

3,761

3,729

3,914

3,713

Washing machine

1,075

1,028

992

910

815

Dishwasher

443

427

370

351

381

Refrigerator

628

687

633

559

565

Tumble and spin driers

853

1,021

999

886

1,005

Lighting

2,417

2,788

2,784

2,780

2,655

Blanket or bedwarmer

252

181

165

133

111

Television

425

524

455

419

438

Iron

60

39

77

85

100

AV, VDU or computer

246

271

243

247

232

Other electrical

3,166

2,848

2,832

2,943

2,773

1 Provisional

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many fires in England were due to (a) electrical faults and (b) faulty electric cables in each of the last five years. (247116)

The information requested is set out in the respective following tables. The latest statistics available are for 2007:

Cause of fires in buildings by source of ignition, England, 2003-071

2003

2004

2005

2006

20071

Source of ignition

Faults in equipment or appliances

England

7,595

7,850

7,825

7,740

7,677

Cooking appliances

382

388

413

392

445

Electric space heater

20

11

28

43

56

Plugs

8

11

18

13

14

Sockets and switches

54

101

94

106

108

Leads to appliances

67

104

91

114

102

Wire and cable

695

823

951

941

1,053

Washing machine

943

907

847

804

692

Dishwasher

401

339

310

311

337

Refrigerator

529

569

518

464

472

Tumble and spin driers

566

667

599

574

667

Lighting

1,375

1,549

1,604

1,551

1,449

Blanket or bedwarmer

173

131

104

102

70

Television

369

451

389

379

388

Iron

28

9

27

19

35

AV, VDU or computer

192

167

189

193

173

Other electrical

1,792

1,622

1,643

1,733

1,615

Faulty leads to appliances

England

686

734

721

717

665

Cooking appliances

18

23

17

15

19

Plugs

6

6

12

9

11

Sockets and switches

12

17

26

19

18

Leads to appliances

321

316

229

230

197

Wire and cable

154

192

211

221

224

Washing machine

11

12

18

16

14

Dishwasher

5

5

1

4

4

Refrigerator

10

21

15

20

12

Tumble and spin driers

12

11

24

11

8

Lighting

67

53

94

72

73

Blanket or bedwarmer

7

8

10

6

5

Television

8

7

7

8

6

Iron

4

3

2

1

4

AV, VDU or computer

8

8

7

10

13

Other electrical

43

52

48

75

58

1 Provisional