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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics Accidental primary fires by cause and source of ignition
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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 causes of accidental primary firesClick here to sortAll causes of accidental primary fires
Click here to sortFaulty fuel supplyClick here to sortFaulty leads or applianceFaults and defects within equipment/appliance only.<br />Includes lack of maintenance, worn out, wrongly adjusted/installed.Click here to sortMisuse of equipment or applianceClick here to sortChip pan/deep fat fryerIncludes where left unattended.Click here to sortPlaying with fireClick here to sortCareless handlingClick here to sortPlacing articles too close to heatClick here to sortOtherIncludes: \'Person too close to heat source\', \'vehicle crash or collision\', \'chimney fire\', \'bonfire going out of control\', \'other intentional burning, going out of control\', \'accumulation of flammable material\', \'natural occurrence\', \'overheating, unknown cause\' and \'other\'.
[Collapse]All sources of accidental primary fires3,4342,8003,400783801,0971,6935,38818,675
All sources of accidental primary fires[Expand]Smoking materials382602466878119926
[Expand]Matches and candles114102284178126453
[Collapse]Cooking appliances802262,993776101145771894,965
Cooking appliances[Expand]Barbecue51150022151371
[Expand]Camping stove31163003228
[Expand]Cooker (including oven)471251,8564358694281013,069
[Expand]Deep fat fryer212182340114272
[Expand]Microwave oven640311011424387
[Expand]Other cooking appliancee.g. commercial deep frying range, commercial appliances.2114318016586
[Expand]Ring/hot plate (separate appliance)73305840148918520
[Expand]Space heating appliances4397450132241126585
[Expand]Central and water heating appliances378050021527166
[Expand]Blowlamps, welding and cutting equipment513560048664228
[Expand]Electrical distribution1,45654433206163322,389
[Expand]Other electrical appliances3071,042690112903071,828
[Collapse]Other sources1,3876851164181533702,4665,199
Other sources[Expand]Bombs and explosives000000099
[Expand]Chimney fires1000011096108
[Expand]Heating equipment - Food warming (not cooking)122000016
[Expand]Industrial equipment22992210135182362
[Expand]Oil/Incense burners00300713730
[Expand]Naked flame61150113351149266
[Expand]Natural occurrence1000001176178
[Expand]Domestic style gardening appliance4320013821
[Expand]Spread from secondary fire125024577255387
[Expand]Vehicles only1,1584467002711,1012,785
[Expand]Wet hay00000012930
[Expand]OtherIncludes electrical appliances where the power source has been recorded as non-electrical.7810030202644240520


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 and 2020-21 data were extracted from IRS in August 2021.
2020-21 data are currently provisional and will be updated August 2022.

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 2020-21

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.


Accidental primary fires by cause and source of ignition

Last update

September 2021 September 2021

Next update

August 2022

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

Statistical quality

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