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Electrical faults contribute to fire risks

Fire Statistics Great Britain continue to report faulty appliances and leads as the dominant cause of accidental fires in non-residential buildings.

In the figures for 2013-2014, there were 22,200 fires recorded in buildings that were not dwellings. The majority of these fires occurred in private garages and sheds (21%), shops (13%), industrial premises (11%) and restaurants, cafes pubs and bars (10%).

Of these fires, about 75% were regarded as accidental. The main cause was faulty appliances and leads which was said to be responsible for around 3,700 fires, down by 5% from 2012-2013.

Another key cause of accidental fires in other buildings was the misuse of equipment or appliances which accounted for 2,200 fires and was down by 8% from one year earlier.

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