Householders face 'double the risk' of fires
Householders may face twice as many fires as official figures suggest, according to research by an insulation firm released today.
Rockwool commissioned ICM to conduct an online poll of 2,028 adults in April this year in Great Britain and concluded 90,000 homes a year could be damaged by fire.
Communities and Local Government department fire statistics record 45,000 house fires for 2010/2011, but only record those attended by fire and rescue services.
The company says many house fires are put out without the fire services attending, such as when they are put out by the householders or neighbours.
Paula Bateman, corporate affairs director at Rockwool UK, was concerned this meant UK fire protection guidelines and building regulations were therefore based on partial fire risk.
‘Fires cause significant damage to buildings across the country and resulted in 268 deaths between 2010 and 2011, so reducing fire risk should be an important consideration for [households],’ she said.
People did not realise the importance of insulation in preventing flames spreading, she added, and that drilling holes in walls through insulation can reduce its effectiveness.
Fire spread was an issue in the fire at Lakanal House in Camberwell, south London, on 3 July 2009, in which six people died as it rapidly spread from the ninth floor flat where it started.