FIRE STATISTICS SCOTLAND, 2000
24 False Fire Alarms, Scotland, 1990-2000 (Table 12) (Chart 11)
24.1 In 2000 the total number of fire false alarms stood at 51,800, up 640 (1 per cent) since 1999.
24.2 In 2000, 29,800 false alarms or 58 per cent of total fire false alarms were caused due to apparatus failure. This figure has increased substantially from earlier years where its share of total fire incidents was much smaller (20 per cent or 8,200 false alarms recorded in 1990, 24 per cent or 12,200 false alarms in 1995). These changes reflect, at least partially, changes in coding practice between 1995 and 1996. In total, false fire alarms due to apparatus failure have risen by 263 per cent in the last 10 years.
24.3 The trends in false alarms due to good intent are the reverse of those for false alarms due to apparatus. False fire alarms due to good intent contributed 13,900 incidents or 27 per cent to the total number of false alarms recorded in 2000, and have fallen since 1995 (when they accounted for 28,300 incidents or 56 per cent of total fire false alarms). These changes reflect, at least partially, changes in coding practice between 1995 and 1996.
24.4 Malicious false alarms have also fallen, and have been on a slide since the peak of 22,500 incidents recorded in 1992, when they accounted for 43 per cent of the total number of false fire alarms. In 2000, the 8,100 malicious fire alarms accounted for 16 per cent of total fire false alarms.