- New research reveals alarming levels of ignorance and complacency about fire safety at work and at play.
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Despite an average of 174 building fires every day, more than 9,500 fatalities or casualties from those fires in 2012-13, and an estimated billion pound bill for fire-related property insurance claims last year, it seems we are still shockingly complacent about fire safety.
New research published today to coincide with the start of Fire Door Safety Week(15-21 September 2014) reveals that almost half of us (47%) have never been shown or told about the fire safety procedures where we work.
If a fire alarm was to sound, 14% of people say they would see what everyone else was doing and ‘go with the flow’ – this rises to almost 23% of workers aged 25-44. One in 10 people (11%) would go into the corridor and investigate, and one in 20 admit they would simply ignore it, assuming there must be a fault on the alarm system.
When respondents with formal responsibility for fire safety in their organisations were asked if they were fully aware of their legal obligations, almost half (46.5%) said they either did not know what they were or admitted they were unclear.
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 Latest Government statistics, published May 2014: Fire Statistics: Great Britain April 2012 to March 2013. Department for Communities and Local Government. 63,500 building fires in 2012-13: 41,000 fires recorded in dwellings and 22,500 in other buildings.
 DCLG fire statistics (see above). 266 fatalities in dwelling fires in 2012-13, plus 17 fatalities in other building fires. 8,300 casualties recorded from dwelling fires, and 1,013 in other building fires.
 Association of British Insurers property claims statistics: https://www.abi.org.uk/News/Industry-data-updates/2013/11/Property-claims-statistics-update-Q3-2013
 Survey carried out 27-29 August 2014 by Atomik Research on behalf of the BWF-CERTIFIRE Scheme. The sample consisted of two groups: a 500 individuals group responsible for fire safety in a variety of organisations, and a 500 consumers group aged 18-65 and nationally representative.