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UK Fire Statistics

This page has gathered and clarified on the UK fire statistics published by the Fire Statistics Branch of the Department for Communities and Local Government. Here at Label Bar, we have broken down the fire statistics into two sections for you:
-    Domestic fire statistics
-    Non-domestic fire statistics

Domestic fire statistics

The majority of fires and fire-related fatalities in the UK are domestic. Last year (2014/15) 80% of all fire-related fatalities occurred in the home. 

Last year saw 39,600 dwelling fires, 88% of which were accidental. Accidents happen, but ultimately, they are avoidable.
-    In 31% of domestic fires there was no smoke alarm.
-    In 19% of domestic fires a fire alarm was present, but it was not operational.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom. Operational smoke alarms in buildings has increased from 8% in 1988 to 88% when last assessed in 2011. This is a very positive indeed!

Non-domestic Building Fires

As the statistics do not specify workplaces over public spaces, we are limited to consider non-domestic building fires. But, for the purpose of this section, ‘non-domestic fires’ can be considered to be synonymous with ‘workplace fires’.

Last year (2013/14), 22,200 fires occurred in non-domestic buildings. There were 17 deaths and 1,083 injuries in non-domestic buildings.

Ensuring that your in-house fire safety equipment is clearly labelled can be a great way to prepare for an emergency. Ensure that you have adequate fire safety labels.

Overall Cause of Death

Many people wrongly assume that the prime cause of death from a fire is burning, but death is mostly caused by inhaling the toxic fumes produced by the flames. The chart below breaks up the various causes of death.