In 2013, government statistics showed that the number of reported fires had decreased across the UK since the previous year.

192,600 reported fires were attended by the Fire and Rescue Authorities in 2012/2013, which is nearly a third lower than the year before. 22,500 fires recorded were in buildings other than dwellings. This is 14% fewer than in 2011/2012 and 41% fewer than non-domestic premises fires in 2002/2003.

From the category of “non-domestic” fires, 3,100 of these were in retail distribution buildings, 2,600 were in industrial premises and 2,300 were in restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs. Automatic smoke alarms were not present in 46% of these non-domestic cases in 2012/2013, however this is down almost a quarter from 2011/2012.

For those 54% that did have an alarm installed,35% were operational and raised the alarm, 5% were operational but failed to raise the alarm, and 13% of the alarms were not in working order and failed to raise an alarm. Remember that it is important to regularly test your fire alarm and keep up to date with its services in order for it to be kept reliable.

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