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Fire Statistics Scotland, 2000

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FIRE STATISTICS SCOTLAND, 2000

19 Fires and casualties from fires in dwellings, by presence and operation of smoke detectors, Scotland, 1994-2000 (Table 9) (Chart 9)

19.1 In 2000, 29 per cent (2,745 fires) of total Scottish dwellings fires occurred in dwellings where a smoke detector was present, operated and raised the alarm. 17 per cent of dwellings fires (1,611 fires) occurred in dwellings where a smoke detector was present but failed to operate, and, 5 per cent of all dwellings fires (454 fires) occurred in dwellings where a smoke detector was present, operated but did not raise the alarm. 4,500 dwellings fires - 48 per cent of the total number of dwellings fires - occurred in dwellings without a smoke detector. This compares with 49 per cent in 1999 and over half (56 per cent) in 1994.

19.2 In the years since 1994, the majority of fatal casualties have occurred in dwellings fires where either the smoke detector was present but failed to operate or in dwellings fires where a smoke detector was absent. In 2000 these figures were 20 fatal casualties (30 per cent) and 32 fatal casualties (48 per cent) respectively. 10 fatal casualties (or 15 per cent of the total number of dwellings fire fatal casualties) occurred in dwellings fires where a smoke detector was present, operated and raised the alarm. 5 fatal casualties (7 per cent) occurred in dwellings fires where a smoke alarm was present, operated, but did not raise the alarm.

19.3 Dwellings with no smoke detector accounted for the largest proportion (44 per cent) of dwellings fire non-fatal casualties. However, the second largest category of non-fatal casualties belonged to fires in dwellings where a smoke detector was present, operated and raised the alarm (27 per cent of total Scottish dwellings fire non-fatal casualties).

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