Statistics - Wales

Electrical Safety First Core Data Set - Wales

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]

  • 285 fatalities and injuries caused by electrical fires
  • Average of 5.4 a week
  • Cookers and ovens were the leading cause of electrical related fatalities and injuries (126)

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

  • 1,934 fires caused by electricity (out of a total of 3,310)
  • 58% of fires in Wales were caused by electricity
  • Appliance or supply fault was the largest  cause of electrical fires in Wales in 2015/16
  • Of those 1,934 fires:
    • 76.84% were a result of appliances, misuse and other causes (1486)
    • 23.16% were caused by electrical distribution (448)

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

  • Cooking appliances were the highest cause of fires in Wales in 2015/16 at 885 fires
  • 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 885 126
Electrical distribution 448 33
White goods 158 178
Lighting 117 3
Tumble driers 75 13
Fridge/Freezers 23 5
Dishwashers 17 2

 


[1] Welsh Government – Community Safety Statistics requested July 2017

[2] https://statswales.gov.wales/Catalogue/Community-Safety-and-Social-Inclusion/Community-Safety/Fire-Incidents/Fires-and-False-Alarms/accidentalprimaryfires-by-cause-sourceignition

[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