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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics Accidental dwelling fires by source of ignition and year
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[Collapse]LocationLocation is the type of premises, property or countryside in which the fire started. This is not necessarily the type of premises in which most casualties or damage occurred as a result of the fire. [Filtered]
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[Collapse]CauseCause of fire is the defect, act or omission leading to ignition of the fire. [Filtered]
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[Collapse]SourceSource of Ignition is the source of the flame, spark or heat that started the fire. (Ascending)[Filter]
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[Collapse]All sources of accidental primary fires1,8641,8261,7891,7251,7321,6351,6091,7191,4851,4301,4981,3751,4671,379
All sources of accidental primary fires[Expand]Smoking materials126147103100117116109114113113971048887
[Expand]Matches and candles4764635363556969445352505260
[Expand]Cooking appliances1,000928975872892840789830673685714653708639
[Expand]Space heating appliances10589818880736877725268454758
[Expand]Central and water heating appliances2523182722242829241414101118
[Expand]Blowlamps, welding and cutting equipment125811145511984834
[Expand]Electrical distribution147154181194195182191196180143171168170152
[Expand]Other electrical appliances255278204230207197196222212189192164184182
[Expand]Other sources118115127118117110124136119119136124139129



Accidental primary fires by cause and source of ignition

Last update

October 2023 October 2023

Next update

September 2024

Publishing organisation

Welsh Government

Source 1

Fire incident recording system, Home Office

Contact email


National Statistics

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation

Fire and rescue authorities

Geographical coverage

Fire and rescue authorities

Languages covered

English and Welsh

Data licensing

You may use and re-use this data free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government License - see


Fire, Fire and Rescue Authorities, Accidental, Cause, Ignition, Smoking, Matches, Candles, Chip pan, dwellings

General description

The table shows accidental primary fires attended by the Fire and Rescue Authorities in Wales, by source of ignition, cause and location type.
Data in this table are for primary fires only as cause and source of ignition are not collected for secondary and chimney fires.
Added to StatsWales: May 2013
Data are taken from the Incident Recording System.
2009-10 data were extracted in May 2011.
2010-11 data were extracted in May 2012.
2011-12 data were extracted in May 2013.
2012-13 data were extracted in May 2014.
2013-14 data were extracted in June 2015.
2014-15 data were extracted in July 2016.
2015-16 data were extracted in July 2017.
2016-17 data were extracted from IRS in July 2018.
2017-18 data were extracted from IRS in July 2019.
2018-19 data were extracted from IRS in September 2020
2019-20 data were extracted from IRS in August 2021.
2020-21 data were extracted from IRS in August 2022.
2021-22 and 2022-23 data were extracted from IRS in August 2023.
2022-23 data are currently provisional and will be updated September 2024.

Source: The Home Office

Data collection and calculation

Data were collected via the Incident Recording System (IRS).

Frequency of publication


Data reference periods

Financial years 2009-10 to 2022-23

Users, uses and context

The data are used to inform policy decisions and to provide contextual information. The data is used by the Welsh Government to help monitor trends in incidents attended by FRAs over time and provides information on FRAs’ performance and activities to citizens and communities in Wales.
See web link for further information.

Rounding applied


Revisions information

Revisions are marked with an (r). The most recent year shown is currently provisional and may be revised when the table is next updated.

Statistical quality

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