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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics Accidental primary fires by cause and source of ignition
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[Collapse]All causes of accidental primary firesClick here to sortAll causes of accidental primary fires
Click here to sortFaulty fuel supplyClick here to sortFaulty leads or applianceClick here to sortMisuse of equipment or applianceClick here to sortChip pan/deep fat fryerClick here to sortPlaying with fireClick here to sortCareless handlingClick here to sortPlacing articles too close to heatClick here to sortOther
[Collapse]All sources of accidental primary fires630514678157101813018923,363
All sources of accidental primary fires[Expand]Smoking materials030021141323155
[Expand]Matches and candles10150211391886
[Collapse]Cooking appliances20366071553219337972
Cooking appliances[Expand]Barbecue1040033314
[Expand]Camping stove104000117
[Expand]Cooker (including oven)1224386972147017622
[Expand]Deep fat fryer00539000145
[Expand]Microwave oven08690011584
[Expand]Other cooking appliance1173000214
[Expand]Ring/hot plate (separate appliance)4150160315493
[Expand]Space heating appliances111790034124105
[Expand]Central and water heating appliances112320001340
[Expand]Blowlamps, welding and cutting equipment311100016839
[Expand]Electrical distribution265916101273439
[Expand]Other electrical appliances6021180022156358
[Collapse]Other sources24612216132666415895
Other sources[Expand]Bombs and explosives000000022
[Expand]Chimney fires00000012122
[Expand]Heating equipment - Food warming (not cooking)011000002
[Expand]Industrial equipment512310093666
[Expand]Oil/Incense burners000001236
[Expand]Naked flame10101591936
[Expand]Natural occurrence00000002828
[Expand]Domestic style gardening appliance210000003
[Expand]Spread from secondary fire000015143050
[Expand]Vehicles only2048500008205502
[Expand]Wet hay000000022


Accidental primary fires by cause and source of ignition

Last update
August 2017 August 2017

Next update
July 2018

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

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 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 and 2016-17 were extracted in August 2017.
2016-17 data are provisional and will be updated in July 2018.
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 2016-17

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