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E-cigarette fire data

Request

How many fire incidents your fire services have been called out to in relation to electronic-cigarettes? These would include fires caused by the electronic-cigarettes themselves, their batteries or their chargers.

Please separately provide data for incidents where your fire service has been called out in relation to mobile phones. This would include fires caused by the phones themselves, their batteries or their chargers.

For both could you please provide the following information:

  • How many incidents have occurred in each of the following calendar years: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 to date? If data for all years is not available, please supply the information you have.
  • Whether call-outs involved actual fires or were false-alarms.
  • Whether any injury or loss of life was sustained as a result of any fire caused by electronic–cigarettes.

Response

Incidents involving electronic cigarettes, their batteries or their chargers:

 

Year Total incidents Fires False Alarms
2012 0 0 0
2013 1 1 0
2014 9 6 3
2015 6 3 3
2016 4 2 2
2017 to date 11 1 10

The incident in 2013 resulted in the loss of life of one person. Three persons were conveyed to hospital due to smoke inhalation after an incident in 2014.

 

Incidents involving mobile phones, their batteries or their chargers:

 

Year Total incidents Fires False Alarms
2012 0 0 0
2013 0 0 0
2014 0 0 0
2015 1 1 0
2016 2 1 1
2017 to date 0 0 0