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Fatalities by 

Ignition source Total

 

cause

Smokers’ materials 43



Careless use Careless use of heating appliance. 10


Smokers’ materials were the major of heating 

appliance
Overheating of wheat bag. 1
cause of ignition between 2004 


and 2010. However, this has fallen Cooking - Accidental ignition of clothing. 3


signiicantly in recent years. That said, 
Cooking - Chip pan ire. 3

43 of the 80 deaths involved smoking 

Cooking
Cooking - Misuse of microwave. 1
materials.


Cooking - Residual fat ignited in frying pan. 1

Fatalities involving heating appliances have 

Cooking - Unattended food left on hob. 2
been consistently high, while those linked 

to cooking and cooking practices have 
Candles 6
 
fluctuated over the years.

Electrical - Fridge burning out. 1


Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MF&RS) 
Electrical fault
Mains electric fault overload. 1
run targeted campaigns promoting ire 


awareness when cooking and other issues Overload of electrical equipment. 3

such as using candles and smoking. These 

Electric spark - Ignition of gas from faulty cooker 
campaigns are also linked to national 1

campaigns.
installation.

Explosion of 

Ignition of gas from cooker - Gas leak. 1
leaking gas


Spark from fridge/freezer - Ignition of gas mistakenly 
1
left on.



Radiated heat 1
 


Collapsed onto gas ire 1
 


Total 80







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