50% of accidental residential fires affect those aged 65–80 according to the latest official Fire Statistics.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has published the latest Fire Statistics for Great Britain covering the period April 2013 to March 2014.
The figure for the number of fires attended showed that the general downward trend of the last 10 years is continuing. Last year, fire and rescue services attended a total of 505,600 fires or false alarms, less than half of 10 years ago, and 212,500 actual fires, also down over the decade.
The statistics show that as a whole greater awareness, better training, and advances in technology are all playing their part in reducing fires and the consequences of fire. Below are ten key statistics which are relevant to residential fires and clearly demonstrate that we cannot become complacent.
Commercial buildings, non-domestic and multi-occupancy premises in England and Wales are already forced to undertake a 'suitable and sufficient' Fire Risk Assessment carried out under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. While the overwhelming majority of premises do this, if the assessment is thought to have been carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison.
Providing vulnerable and elderly people in sheltered and social housing with a more reliable and robust method of alerting the Fire and Rescue Services should form part of any Fire Risk Assessment. Relying on a shared, unmonitored (Telecare) telephone line in a fire emergency can and has resulted in delays summoning help. Only DualCom SafeLink® provides secure line monitoring and a wireless back-up service, signalling directly into existing Telecare monitoring platforms.