London fires fall by a quarter in last year

The number of fires in the capital have fallen by a quarter in the last year and by 64 per cent in the last decade.

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Over 70% decrease in fires in six London boroughs

Six London boroughs have experience over a 70 per cent fall in the number of fires in the last 10 years.

London Fire Brigade revealed that the number of fires in the capital had fallen to the lowest levels since records began.

  • Barking and Dagenham – 79%, 631 fires in 2012/13 compared to 2,953 in 2003/4
  • Greenwich – 78%, 712 fires in 2012/13 compared to 3,254 in 2003/4
  • Havering – 76%, 504 fires in 2012/13 compared to 2,096 in 2003/4
  • Bexley – 73%, 528 in 2012/13 compared to 1,972 in 2003/4
  • Hounslow – 71%, 614 in 2012/13 compared to 2,113 in 2003/4
  • Newham – 71%, 855 in 2012/13 compared to 2,982 in 2003/4

London fires fall down to 'Brigade's prevention work'

The large fall in the number of fires in London over the past year was down to targeted prevention work, the Fire Brigade service have said.

A report last year estimated that 5,000 fires had been prevented by firefighters carrying out home fire safety visits, with vulnerable people being 18 times less likely to have a fire if they receive a visit.

The number of fires in London has fallen by a quarter over the past year. Credit: PA Wire

“This dramatic drop is down to our fantastic targeted prevention work aimed at those most at risk whether that be visiting vulnerable people in their homes or finding engaging ways to spread our messages through social media,” Ron Dobson, Commissioner of London Fire Brigade, said,

“Despite the capital’s growing population, Londoners are less likely than ever before to have a fire and people are much safer as a result.

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Number of London fires fall to record low

The number of fires in London have fallen to their lowest level since records began.

Figures from the London Fire Brigade reveal they have dropped by a quarter in the last year and by 64 per cent over the last decade.

The number of fires in London have fallen to their lowest level since records began. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

The figures show that last year, the number of fires in London fell to 20,328, or around 56 each day.

In 2003/4 there were 57,250, around 157 fires every day.

Six London boroughs have seen a decrease of over 70 per cent in the last ten years including Barking and Dagenham, Greenwich, Havering, Bexley, Hounslow and Newham.

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