Home Appliance Fires On the Rise in Some Parts of The UK

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.

appliance fires

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).

FRS

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

Cambridgeshire

12

23

91.7%

South Wales

38

57

50.0%

Staffordshire

42

62

47.6%

Kent 

34

46

35.3%

Cheshire

18

23

27.8%

Humberside

25

18

-24.0%

Mid and West Wales

61

12

-24.6%

Leicestershire

35

26

-25.7%

Warwickshire

17

12

-29.4%

Tyne and Wear

30

18

-40.0%

Kitchen appliances

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.”