Home fire risk assessments fall by a third in West Midlands
The number of houses getting a fire-risk check in the West Midlands has decreased by over a third in seven years, reports the Birmingham Mail.
Home Office statistics on fire prevention and protection shows that the West Midlands firefighters carried 26,673 fire-risk checks in 2016/17, down 35 per cent compared to 40,908 in 2010/11.
The data shows the number of fire safety audits aimed at making sure business premises meet legal standards have also fallen in the West Midlands.
There were 5,401 in 2010/11 but only 1,594 in 2016/17.
Nationally, the number of fire-risk checks has fallen from 775,019 in 2010/11 to 590,198 in 2016/17.
That does, however, represent a slight increase compared to the 581,364 checks carried out across England in 2015/16.