According to the Government’s Fire and Rescue Statistics, there were 62,301 domestic fire callouts in England in 2021.
Of these, cooking appliances were the leading cause of issues, with other household electrical appliances also ranking highly.
December and January had the highest rates of fire-related callouts to the emergency services.
To get a breakdown of incident types, Village Heating’s research team analysed emergency service reports to collect information on every fire-related report made to England’s emergency services between 2013 and 2022.
Of all recorded accidental domestic fires, electrical fires accounted for the highest share of incidents.
116,549 recorded accidental fire incidents were attributed to the misuse of electrical household appliances – making up more than a third (35%*) of all electrical fires. Many of these were attributed to kitchen appliances, including ovens, hot plates, and toasters. Wiring, plugs, and cabling were also very common fire sources.
We analysed data from emergency service reports (from the past 12 months) that detailed the first item ignited in the case of a fire.
This gave us an indication as to which household appliances are most likely to start domestic fires.
|Appliance||Total Number of Fires|
|Cooker (incl. oven)||7,658|
|Wiring, cabling, plugs||4,721|
|Deep fat fryer||545|
|Central heating/Hot water||232|
An oven can catch fire for several reasons. These include:
To prevent oven fires:
If you are worried about your plugs, wires or cables catching fire, there are several things you can do to prevent this.
*Figure: 34.87%. See Accidental Dwelling Fires in England: Cases data sheet for more information.
Government data tables