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Carla Talbot

People urged to look out for vulnerable neighbours to prevent accidental fires this festive season

People in Renfrewshire are being urged to look out for vulnerable neighbours this winter as it was revealed the region recorded the third highest number of accidental fires in the country last year.

A total of 39 accidental dwelling fires (ADF) were recorded in Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and Inverclyde between December 9, 2019 and January 13, 2020.

Only Glasgow and Edinburgh recorded higher figures for accidental fires, with firefighters attending 66 and 49 respectively.

In Scotland, a total of 446 fires were recorded which claimed the lives of six people and resulted in 56 casualties, with 34 per cent aged over 60.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is now reminding the public to stay safe from fire this winter and support firefighters to identify vulnerable friends, family or neighbours who may need assistance.

An increased use of heating and electricity over the colder months combined with festive lights, trees, decorations, and candles can heighten the risk of a fire potentially taking hold.

It is also important that those who are over 50 and smoke and also live alone, have mobility issues or use oxygen, or those who are living with addiction are supported by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to reduce the risk.

The SFRS Make The Call campaign was launched earlier this year and appealed directly to the family, friends, and neighbours of those who are most at risk of fire to get in touch with SFRS on their behalf to request a free home fire safety visit.

Deputy assistant chief officer Alasdair Perry, head of prevention and protection, said: “Every year we see an increase in the risk of fire in the home during the festive season and we want to support families across Scotland to stay safe at this time of year.

“One death because of a fire in the home is one too many and the aftermath of a fire can be absolutely devastating for those affected.

“That’s why we are reaching out to every community in Scotland this winter - please follow our advice and guidance to help us keep you safe and help us reach the most vulnerable and elderly people in our society.”

During a home fire safety visit SFRS staff will identify fire hazards and risks in the home, help plan escape routes and provide information about smoke, heat, and carbon monoxide alarms. All visits are carried out in line with the
local Scottish Government Covid-19 tier guidance and regulations.

Renfrewshire residents are being asked to follow SFRS’s safety advice which is widely available on the service’s
website or social media channels under the hashtag #SaferWinter2020

DACO Perry added: “By just taking a few essential steps you can massively reduce the risk of a fire in your house. If you can’t get online, then get in touch with us through your local station who will be more than happy to offer help and guidance.

“We want everyone to remember this Christmas and New Year for all the right reasons. Taking a few minutes to look at our advice and identify the hazards in your own home can help keep you and those around you safe.”

Visit for more information on SFRS’ Make the Call campaign and to arrange your free home safety visit.

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