FOI request made by Prominence Support to regional Fire Services revealed that Cambridgeshire saw the biggest rise in home appliance fires in 2019 vs 2018, with the number of blazes almost doubling (91.7%). South Wales FRS attended 50% more fires caused by home appliances in 2019 vs 2018.
Merseyside Fire Brigade were called out to 999 home appliance fires last year – although this was down 8.4% on 2018.
The following table shows which regional Fire and Rescue Services (FRS) have seen the largest increase and biggest drop in callouts to tackle fires started by home appliances (comparing 2019 vs 2018).
No. of fires caused by home appliances in 2018
No. of fires caused by home appliances in 2019
Increase/(Decrease) in fires caused by appliance
Mid and West Wales
Tyne and Wear
Taking out appliance insurance is an affordable option to extend the life of your appliances.
By having faults repaired straight away you can keep your appliances in top condition, and you won’t need to replace them every few years.
And if you have an appliance that is beyond repair, and you have an insurance product that offers repair or replace, then you should be able to get a similar spec replacement.
Not every fault starts a fire, but if you have an appliance checked when it’s not working properly, then it can be repaired or replaced before any fault could become a potentially lethal one.”