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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics Number of building fires by smoke alarm operation, building type and financial year
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[Collapse]All fires3,6793,5313,1812,8962,9052,8422,7382,7892,5392,435
All fires[Collapse]Fires where a smoke alarm was present1,9161,9611,8801,8341,7871,7521,7081,7021,5331,400
Fires where a smoke alarm was presentDid not operate491468437473451437419391351296
Operated and raised alarm1,1461,2171,1101,0461,0471,0241,0251,050933896
Operated but did not raise alarm279276333315289291264261249208
[Expand]Smoke alarm absent1,6501,4811,2351,0141,0551,0319551,002946974
[Expand]Unknown whether smoke alarm was present113896648635975856061


Number of building fires by smoke alarm operation, building type and financial year

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 the number of building fires rather than all smoke alarms. Where more than one smoke alarm was recorded at an incident the operation of the alarm has been ranked. The ranking is such that an alarm which operated and raised the alarm would be counted over one which didn't raise the alarm or one which didn't operate. Similarly an alarm which operated but didn't raise the alarm would be counted over one which didn't operate.
Note: 2008-09 Figures are partially based on sampled data, weighted to true brigade totals.
2009-10 data were extracted from IRS in May 2011.
2010-11 data were extracted from IRS in May 2012.
2011-12 data were extracted from IRS in May 2013.
2012-13 data were extracted from IRS in May 2014.
2013-14 data were extracted from IRS 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 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
Added to StatsWales: July 2011


Data collection and calculation
Data prior to 2009-10 were collected via the Fire Data Report (FDR) paper forms.
Data from 2009-10 onwards were collected via the Incident Recording System (IRS).

Frequency of publication

Data reference periods
Financial years 2001-02 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
Fire data prior to 2009-10 are based on a sampled dataset and so are rounded to the nearest whole number. For this reason the sum of component parts may not equal the totals shown.

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
See weblinks

Fire, Fire and Rescue Authority, Smoke alarm