The number of fires per month in rented accommodation for past 3 years -18036

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A request for information about the number of fires per month in rented accommodation for past 3 years -18036

Ref: FOI/18036

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested on 28th February 2018.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

I would like to request the figures for:

–        The number of fires per month in rented accommodation where the cause was attributed to a fault within the property, such as poor wiring and appliance fires for example.

–        The number of fires per month in privately owned accommodation where the cause was attributed to a fault within the property, such as poor wiring and appliance fires for example.

I would like this data for each of the past 3 years, starting from the most recently available figures. If this is would be greater than the permitted cost, I would appreciate the most recent data in regard to both rented and privately-owned accommodation, for long as the budget allows.

Reply

  Rented Accommodation      
Month 2015 2016 2017 Grand Total
Jan 15 17 22 54
Feb 14 18 22 54
Mar 26 16 21 63
Apr 18 11 15 44
May 15 13 7 35
Jun 19 14 12 45
Jul 21 24 15 60
Aug 14 11 13 38
Sep 12 17 15 44
Oct 19 16 23 58
Nov 15 19 24 58
Dec 12 27 26 65
Grand Total 200 203 215 618
  Privately Owned Accommodation      
Month 2015 2016 2017 Grand Total
Jan 14 15 16 45
Feb 16 24 11 51
Mar 17 17 11 45
Apr 21 12 21 54
May 9 9 24 42
Jun 11 16 20 47
Jul 16 23 15 54
Aug 22 18 14 54
Sep 15 11 12 38
Oct 17 17 16 50
Nov 21 11 10 42
Dec 20 24 26 70
Grand Total 199 197 196 592

Please be aware of the following;

  • Rented accommodation includes ‘Rented from Housing Association’, ‘Rented from the Council’, ‘Rented Privately’ and ‘Rented Landlord not known’
  • Fire caused by category is selected as ‘Faults in system or appliance’
  • Date range used is January 2015 – December 2017

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications. If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision please write to The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following link: https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.

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