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Fire survey shows black hole in official statistics

April 2003

A recent survey conducted by the Fire Extinguishing Trades Association (FETA) of which Luxfer is a member and the Independent Fire Engineering and Distributors Association (IFEDA) estimates that fire extinguishers save the UK economy more than £500m annually.

Fire losses are currently estimated at £7bn a year but these official statistics only take into account those fires reported to the fire service. The role of the fire extinguisher is inaccurately represented. This survey sought to highlight this anomaly and to identify the types of situation in which extinguishers continue to provide a vital means of first aid fire-fighting.

The survey is part of a wider European survey by Eurofeu, the European committee on the Manufacture of Fire Protection Equipment and Fire Fighting vehicles in which similar research has been undertaken in Austria, Belgium, Germany, France and the Netherlands.

For further information or a copy of the report please contact: Terry Martiny, FETA, Neville House, 55 Eden Street, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 1BW | Tel: 020 8549 8839 Fax:020 8547 1564 | Website: www.feta.org.uk

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