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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 fires1,8651,5411,872416385718582,6269,787
All sources of accidental primary fires[Expand]Smoking materials259063523457465
[Expand]Matches and candles1127014399755234
[Collapse]Cooking appliances481191,660413767266922,672
Cooking appliances[Expand]Barbecue2170097531
[Expand]Camping stove20131002220
[Expand]Cooker (including oven)28691,009234643197431,629
[Expand]Deep fat fryer06111160113138
[Expand]Microwave oven524169001212213
[Expand]Other cooking appliance162411011347
[Expand]Ring/hot plate (separate appliance)611735008449291
[Expand]Space heating appliances216121001613172322
[Expand]Central and water heating appliances27523002815107
[Expand]Blowlamps, welding and cutting equipment48310014835127
[Expand]Electrical distribution7823061510461891,303
[Expand]Other electrical appliances16857335006561741,012
[Collapse]Other sources75436761210741951,2452,708
Other sources[Expand]Bombs and explosives000000044
[Expand]Chimney fires00000144853
[Expand]Heating equipment - Food warming (not cooking)022000015
[Expand]Industrial equipment8531210017104195
[Expand]Oil/Incense burners0020039317
[Expand]Naked flame41507223072141
[Expand]Natural occurrence00000007474
[Expand]Domestic style gardening appliance220001139
[Expand]Spread from secondary fire012011537106162
[Expand]Vehicles only6382393000395851,504
[Expand]Wet hay000000088


Accidental primary fires by cause and source of ignition

Last update
August 2018 August 2018

Next update
August 2019

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 and 2017-18 were extracted in July 2018.
2017-18 data are provisional and will be updated in August 2019

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 2017-18

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