The annual fire statistics for Ireland have been released and they show a significant 13% increase in the number of workplace fires during 2014. The figures show that the Fire Services were called to 1,767 workplace fires in 2014, compared with 1,522 in 2013.

Fires in outdoor storage areas were the main fire locations (although the number has dropped since last year), followed by the number of fires in Agricultural premises.

Although the statistics do not filter the fire cause by domestic or workplace location, it is noteworthy that 356 of the fires were caused by electrical equipment, compared with only 171 in 2013. Other causes of fires were other equipment (217), electrical wiring installations (133) and explosions (11).

It is clear from these statistics that many employers still don’t undertake PAT testing of electrical equipment as a part of their Health & Safety protocols within their organisations. For more information about PAT testing or a quote, contact us on 01 257 3141 (028 3083 3483 from Northern Ireland) or email

(Note: The figures quoted for 2013 & 2014 exclude returns for Dublin.