Statistics - England

Electrical Safety First Core Data Set - England

Note: this is a working document and subject to review. When more up to date information becomes available, this data set will be updated to reflect this.

Deaths, Injuries and Fires

1. Fatalities and injuries caused by electrical fires (2015/16 figures)[1]

  • 1380 fatalities and injuries caused by electrical fires
  • Average of 27 a week and 4 a day
  • Cookers and ovens were the leading cause of electrical related fatalities and injuries (679)

2. Number of fires of electrical origin in England in 2015/16[2] (with methodology applied):

  • 15,432 fires caused by electricity (out of a total of 28,350 fires)
  • 54.4% of fires in England were caused by electricity
  • Misuse of equipment or appliance was the largest cause
  • Of those 15,432 fires:
    • 80.5% were caused by appliances and products (12,424) (excludes unspecified in the raw dataset)
    • 18.9% were caused by electrical distribution (2,920)

 3. Major products involved in electrical fires in 2015/16[3]:

  • Cooking appliances were the highest cause of fires in England in 2015/16 at 8,759
  • A DTI report estimates that 20% of electrical fires could be prevented by the presence of an RCD[4]
2015/16
Product Fires Injuries/Fatalities
Cooking appliances 8,736 1,145
White goods 7,734 966
Electrical distribution 2,920 379
Tumble driers 676 46
Dishwashers 241 17
Fridge/Freezers 214 17

Further statistics

  • Between 2010 and 2016 there were 1598 fires caused by fridge/freezers in England – this equates to 4.4 a week – 1476 were because of a faulty appliance[5]
  • London Fire Brigade’s investigation Team found there were 465 fridge/freezer fires in the capital between 2010 and 2015. Those fires resulted in 8 deaths and 75 serious injuries[6]

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fire-statistics-data-tables

[2] IBID

[3] IBID

[4] DTI Report: "Consumer Safety Research - Residual Current Devices - added value for home safety”  http://www.dti.gov.uk/homesafetynetwork/pdf/rcd.pdf

[5] https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fire-statistics-great-britain

[6] https://ec.europa.eu/docsroom/documents/19502