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Battery fires - statistics

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Dear Sir/Madam

We would like to investigate whether there has been an increase in fires caused by items that contain batteries (including lithum-ion batteries). For instance, toys, laptops, electric toothbrushes etc.

Therefore, under Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations, I would like to request the following information:

-The number of household fires caused (or thought to be caused) by items containing batteries from 01.01.2021 to 31.12.2021

-The number of household fires caused (or thought to be caused) by items containing batteries from 01.01.2022 to 31.12.2022

-The number of household fires caused (or thought to be caused) by items containing batteries from 01.01.2023 to 30.10.2023

-The number of fires in dustcarts and waste-processing centres fires caused (or thought to be caused) by items containing batteries from 01.01.2021 to 31.12.2021

-The number of fires in dustcarts and waste-processing centres fires caused (or thought to be caused) by items containing batteries from 01.01.2022 to 31.12.2022

-The number of fires in dustcarts and waste-processing centres fires caused (or thought to be caused) by items containing batteries from 01.01.2023 to 30.10.2023

If possible, please can you detail what has caused the fire, or what is thought to have caused the fire so we can identify the source of the fire.

I would like you to provide this information in an excel document and have the data broken down by month per year so we can see if there are any spikes on particular months over the years. For instance, if there are any spikes in November, December or January when people may be clearing out homes in or around the Christmas period.

Please do not hesitate to contact me on 07725355778 or [email address] should any aspect of my request require clarification, or you need more information from me to handle this enquiry.

Yours faithfully,
Sian

Information Governance (Fire), Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

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Dear Ms. Broad,

Please see the attached for a response to your FOI request.

Kind regards,

Lewis

Information Governance
Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service
Address: Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service HQ | Carleton Avenue | Penrith | CA10 2FA

Please be aware that I work flexible hours, so whilst this is a convenient time for me to send this email to you – I do not expect a response from you outside your normal working hours.

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