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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 fires2,4751,9612,415525547591,1143,61812,921
All sources of accidental primary fires[Expand]Smoking materials25180134664589638
[Expand]Matches and candles11330165612379309
[Collapse]Cooking appliances591612,1265227853501373,447
Cooking appliances[Expand]Barbecue2190014101046
[Expand]Camping stove20142003223
[Expand]Cooker (including oven)35931,300294653250672,098
[Expand]Deep fat fryer28121510113178
[Expand]Microwave oven530218001319276
[Expand]Other cooking appliance182813015561
[Expand]Ring/hot plate (separate appliance)72219600115813370
[Expand]Space heating appliances277333012116491410
[Expand]Central and water heating appliances326230021021130
[Expand]Blowlamps, welding and cutting equipment410400036044161
[Expand]Electrical distribution1,02039121105102311,679
[Expand]Other electrical appliances236723460010682261,309
[Collapse]Other sources1,01446983214972531,6893,621
Other sources[Expand]Bombs and explosives000000055
[Expand]Chimney fires00000176977
[Expand]Heating equipment - Food warming (not cooking)022000015
[Expand]Industrial equipment12691410024131251
[Expand]Oil/Incense burners00200311420
[Expand]Naked flame41110102437102189
[Expand]Natural occurrence1000000116117
[Expand]Domestic style gardening appliance2200012411
[Expand]Spread from secondary fire024022446143221
[Expand]Vehicles only8553104001547802,004
[Expand]Wet hay00000011718


Accidental primary fires by cause and source of ignition

Last update
August 2019 August 2019

Next update
August 2020

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 were extracted in July 2017.
2016-17 data were extracted from IRS in July 2018.
2017-18 and 2018-19 data were extracted from IRS in July 2019.
2018-19 data are currently provisional and will be updated August 2020.

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 2018-19

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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