England Appliance Fire Statistics 2020-2021

Which Appliances Cause The Most Domestic Fires?

Domestic appliances are safer than they’ve ever been, but according to the latest data from the UK Government there were still nearly 16,000 fires in England between March 2020 and March 2021 caused by appliances.

Collecting incident reports from every authority in the country across the year, we’ve compiled the date from the gov.uk website to show which appliances cause the most fires and what the most common reasons are for appliance fire outbreaks.

We’ve also gone back and compared the same data from 2010-2011 to see how the number of appliance fires has changed in the past 10 years, discovering that the number of appliance fires has decreased dramatically in that time.

Full data source: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/fire-statistics-incident-level-datasets

What The Data Tells Us

There were 15,929 appliance fire incidents recorded in England between March 2020 and March 2021; a 16% decrease compared to the same period 10 years ago.

Cookers cause the majority of appliance fires

The majority of domestic appliance fires are caused by cookers and ovens, with 9,273 fire incidents recorded in 2020/2021. While still a high number, that’s a 34% decrease compared to 2010/2011. 

The number of dishwasher fire incidents have reduced massively since 2010/11. There were 224 recored in the latest data, which is an 81% drop compared to 10 years previous. 

Television fires have also dropped off dramatically, with a 361% decrease in recorded incidents over 10 years. 

Most Appliance Fires Are Caused By Misuse Of Equipment

Nearly 7,000 fire incidents in 2020/21 were attributed to misuse of equipment, a 58% decrease compared to 2010/11. 

Faulty appliances and leads is the 2nd most common cause of appliance fires, with 2,058 recorded last year – a 41% decrease compared with ten years ago. 

Deliberate fires and placing articles too close to the heat are the only two causes that have increase in number since 2010/11.

Why are there fewer appliances fires compared to 10 years ago?

Here at dishwasherrrepair.uk we think there are a number of factors, but the biggest of them is the increase in safety of domestic appliances combined with increased public awareness of fire risks in the home.

See the full data on the infographic below:

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