Household appliances in Humberside and England as a whole are more fire-safe than ever, according to government reports.
The data analyzed by Dishwasher Repair shows that the number of fires caused by household appliances in Humberside decreased by 82 percent between March 2020 and March 2021 compared to the same calendar period a decade earlier.
However, significant risks remain with nearly 400 device-induced fire incidents in the Humberside area between March 2020 and March 2021.
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“The latest Humberside appliance fire numbers reflect trends across the UK with a dramatic decrease in incidents compared to 10 years ago,” said Andrew Cherrie, owner of Dishwasher Repair.
“As the data shows, this is mainly due to a combination of better equipment safety and increased public awareness of fire hazards.
“The safety regulations for devices are getting stricter from year to year, so we expect this trend to continue and the number of device fires to decrease even further in the years to come.”
Between March 2020 and March 2021, a total of 378 appliance fires were registered in Humberside.
The most dangerous devices were stoves and ovens, which were responsible for 111 of the fires recorded in the Humberside area.
That number was still more than a third lower than ten years earlier.
At the bottom end of the scale, one fire event was recorded in Humberside that was caused by personal computers, an electric blanket, iron, kettle, and hairdryer.
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Device misuse and placing objects near heat caused 150 of the Humberside fires between March 2020 and March 2021, underscoring the need to be vigilant with devices that can ignite.
Placing items near heat as a cause of a device fire in Humberside increased 14 percent from March 2010 to March 2011.
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The number of fires caused by equipment also decreased in the England totals.
Between March 2020 and March 2021, 15,929 appliance fires were registered in England, a more modest 16 percent decrease over the same period a decade earlier.
Almost 7,000 fire incidents were attributed to device misuse in 2020/21, a decrease of 58 percent from 2010/11.
Defective devices and cables are the second leading cause of device fires in England, with 2,058 devices registered last year – still 41 percent less than ten years ago.
Deliberate fires and placing objects too close to the heat are the only two causes that have increased in number since 2010/11.
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