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East Riding Highest Number Of Household Appliance Fires

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Published by Karen Liu at 11:50am 15th May 2019.

East Riding of Yorkshire is home to the largest number of household appliance fires in the UK.

That is according to research by VeriSmart, a property compliance specialists.

The research shows that:-

  • Cookers, oven rings and grills and toasters are the most dangerous appliances when it comes to the number of accidents they account for as a percentage of total accidents caused by household appliances.
  • The East Riding of Yorkshire is home to the largest number of accidents caused by household appliances when considering the population and the ratio of accidents per capita.
  • VeriSmart's previous research found that 40% of all rental properties they inspected were without a working smoke alarm.

VeriSmart compiled the latest Government data listing accidents attributed to fires caused by domestic appliances across the nation, to see which the biggest offender was and where was home to the highest rate of accidents. 

The misuse of cookers and ovens was the largest threat, responsible for 54% of all fires caused by domestic appliances.

Oven rings accounted for 10% along with the grill and toaster, while the microwave (6.1%), and tumble dryer (4%) also made the top five.

VeriSmart also looked at the number of accidents reported in each area and ranked these based on the ratio of accidents per capita.

The East Riding of Yorkshire was home to the largest number of household appliance fires when considered in context with the local population, with 2,265 accidents reported annually across a population of 338,061.

Founder of VeriSmart, Jonathan Senior, said:

"It may seem pretty obvious that the appliances we use for cooking are generally the most dangerous when it comes to fire-related accidents in the home.

However, these appliances aren't designed to be dangerous and in fact, are safeguarded against it, so it shows that user error can play a huge part when remaining safe in your home.

It is therefore prudent to ensure that a home is equipped with sufficient working smoke detectors on each floor of living space as legislation states and they must be optimally sited on ceilings central to a room and regularly tested to ensure they respond.

For those that are worried about the dangers posed by household appliances, a move anywhere but the East Riding of Yorkshire is the way to go."

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