Electronic Equipment: Fires

Home Office written question – answered on 4th August 2017.

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Photo of Carolyn Harris Carolyn Harris Shadow Minister (Equalities Office) (Women and Equalities)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on the inclusion of (a) mobile phone chargers and (b) e-cigarettes in fire statistics released by her Department.

Photo of Carolyn Harris Carolyn Harris Shadow Minister (Equalities Office) (Women and Equalities)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with fire and rescue services on the inclusion of (a) mobile phone chargers and (b) e-cigarettes in their incident recording and statistical collation systems.

Photo of Carolyn Harris Carolyn Harris Shadow Minister (Equalities Office) (Women and Equalities)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consideration the Fire and Rescue Statistics User Group has given to improving the statistical collation of modern technology incidents and fires from (a) mobile phone chargers, (b) tablets and (c) e-cigarettes.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Minister of State, Home Department

Mobile phone chargers are currently captured under the category ‘battery charger’ in the Incident Recording System, tablets under the ‘pc’ category and e-cigarettes can be recorded in an ‘other’ category.

Home Office officials have regular discussions with fire and rescue services and other users of fire statistics, including the Fire and Rescue Statistics User Group. Feedback from these groups, including how to best capture new technology, will be used to inform an update of the categories in the Incident Recording System at the next opportunity. Any additions to fire data collections are governed by the Single Data List process to ensure that the burden of any new data collection is considered.

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