Fire Statistics in Workplaces in the UK

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Fires in the workplace represent a substantial concern for employers, not only because they endanger the health and safety of employees but also because they can lead to damage and financial loss for the business.

According to the most recent data from the Home Office, during the 2019-2020 period, there were 18,244 non-residential building fires in the UK.

Of these fires, 4,495 took place in industrial or commercial properties, which comprise factories, warehouses, and offices. These statistics underscore the considerable risk that fire poses to UK workplaces.

The Home Office also reported that during the same period, there were 15 fatalities resulting from non-residential building fires in the UK.

Although this figure signifies a decrease from the previous year's 23 fatalities, it remains a cause for worry. Furthermore, during the same period, there were 1,119 non-fatal injuries resulting from non-residential fires.

The most frequent causes of workplace fires in the UK are electrical faults and misuse of equipment. Electrical faults accounted for 24% of all non-residential building fires in the UK during 2019-2020.

Misuse of equipment, including incorrect use of flammable substances and smoking, accounted for 22% of all non-residential building fires in the same period.

Employers have a legal responsibility to safeguard their employees from the risk of fire in the workplace.