Fires caused by smoking

Sam Jones made this Freedom of Information request to North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

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Dear North Wales Fire and Rescue Service,

Please provide information regarding how many fires each year are caused by careless smoking of tobacco?
If possible, please also provide information regarding how many fires each year are caused by the smoking of cannabis?

Yours faithfully,

Sam Jones

Brian Mottershead, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

Dear Sam,

 

I hereby acknowledge receipt of your request made under the Freedom of
Information Act as detailed below.  This is now receiving my attention,
and you should receive a response within 20 working days.  To confirm,
your request was received on 9^th December 2011 and you have supplied an
email address for response.

 

However, before I can process this request I require clarification of
certain information, as follows:

 

1.                  How many years’ information do you require?

2.                  Do you require the information by calendar year or
Financial Year?

3.                  Do you require information on domestic fires only or
all fires?

 

Please note that the 20 working day period for responding to your request
will be put on hold until clarification is received.

 

Regards,

 

Brian Mottershead

Swyddog Rhyddid Gwybodaeth/Freedom of Information Officer
Gwasanaeth Tân ac Achub Gogledd Cymru/North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

Am archwiliad diogelwch tân yn y cartref yn rhad ac am ddim, ffoniwch
0800 169 1234, e-bostiwch [1][email address] neu ymwelwch â
[2]www.gwastan-gogcymru.org.uk.

 

For a free home fire safety check, please call 0800 169 1234, e-mail
[3][email address] or visit
[4]www.nwales-fireservice.org.uk.

 

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Dear Brian Mottershead,

Please provide information for the last five years, by calendar year, and independently for domestic fires, in addition to all fires, if possible

Yours sincerely,

Sam Jones

Brian Mottershead, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

Dear Sam,

 

Further to your recent request made under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act regarding fires involving smoking materials, the response
from North Wales Fire and Rescue Service (NWF&RS) is as follows:

 

Year Number of fires Number of fires in Total number of
(calendar) where ignition dwellings where ignition fires in dwellings
source is smoking source is smoking
materials materials
2007 54 29 583
2008 54 28 575
2009 57 27 545
2010 53 36 551
*2011 36 17 453
*Incomplete year (1st January to 30th November)  

 

 

The figures above include all fires where the main source of ignition was
defined as ‘Smoking related > Smoking materials’.  This level of detail is
collected for primary fires only (see definition below). 

 

The recorded category of Smoking Materials is the highest level of detail
available for this type of incident, therefore NWF&RS is unable to
differentiate between tobacco, cannabis etc.

 

All fires fall into one of three categories – primary, secondary or
chimney.  Primary fires are fires that are not chimney fires, and which
are in any type of building (except if derelict), vehicles, caravans and
trailers, outdoor storage, plant and machinery, agricultural and forestry
property, and other outdoor structures such as bridges, post boxes,
tunnels, etc.  Fires in any location if they involved casualties, rescues
or escapes are categorised as primary fires, as are fires in any location
that were attended by five or more fire appliances.

 

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been
handled, you can request a review by writing to:

 

The Freedom of Information Officer

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters

Ffordd Salesbury

St Asaph Business Park

St Asaph

Denbighshire

LL17 0JJ

 

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you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at:

 

The Information Commissioner's Office

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Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

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Website: [1]www.ico.gov.uk

 

There is no charge for making an appeal.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Brian Mottershead

Swyddog Rhyddid Gwybodaeth/Freedom of Information Officer
Gwasanaeth Tân ac Achub Gogledd Cymru/North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

 

Am archwiliad diogelwch tân yn y cartref yn rhad ac am ddim, ffoniwch
0800 169 1234, e-bostiwch [2][email address] neu ymwelwch â
[3]www.gwastan-gogcymru.org.uk.

 

For a free home fire safety check, please call 0800 169 1234, e-mail
[4][email address] or visit
[5]www.nwales-fireservice.org.uk.

 

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drosglwyddir gyda hi, yn breifat ac fe allent fod yn cynnwys gwybodaeth
sy’n gyfrinachol neu’n gyfreithiol-freintiedig. Os byddwch yn derbyn
y neges hon trwy gamgymeriad, a fyddech mor garedig â rhoi
gwybod inni a chael gwared arni o’ch system ar unwaith.

Ymwadiad: Fe allai e-bostio trwy’r We fod yn agored i oedi,
rhyng-gipio, peidio â chyrraedd, neu newidiadau heb eu hawdurdodi.
Felly, nid yw’r wybodaeth a fynegir yn y neges hon yn cael cefnogaeth
GTAGC oni bai fod cynrychiolydd awdurdodedig, yn annibynnol
ar yr e-bost hwn, yn hysbysu ynghylch hynny. Ni ddylid gweithredu
o ddibynnu ar gynnwys yr e-bost hwn yn unig.

Monitro: Bydd GTAGC yn monitro cynnwys e-byst at ddiben
atal neu ddarganfod troseddau, a hynny er mwyn sicrhau diogelwch
ein systemau cyfrifiadurol a gwirio cydymffurfiad â’n polisïau.

Gwasanaeth Tân ac Achub Gogledd Cymru
Parc Busnes Llanelwy, Sir Ddinbych. LL17 0JJ

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