FREE home Fire Safety visit
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is appealing to the public to stay safe this winter by taking the necessary steps to protect their families, homes, customers and communities.
Winter weather results in an increase in activity for the SFRS due to road traffic collisions on icy roads, flooding and fire. Winter weather also means people spend more time at home. Combined with increased use of heating and electrical appliances plus higher alcohol consumption during the festive season, there are more house fires in December and January than at any other time of year.
It?s particularly important to look after the people in our communities who are vulnerable to the hazards winter weather brings, such as older people. Over the last five years three-quarters of preventable fire deaths in Scotland were people aged 50.
Winter weather also brings unexpected and dangerous conditions to our roads. It?s important to ensure that your vehicle is serviced, well maintained and that drivers take the necessary precautions when driving in bad weather.
Christmas trees, decorations, lights, roaring fires and candles are just some of the winter and Christmas essentials that can spark tragedy if they aren’t monitored carefully and precautions aren’t taken.
Local Senior Officer for Stirling and Clackmannanshire Kenny Rogers says ?While the festive season is a time for celebration and gathering together with family and friends we would like to raise awareness of the hidden dangers in the home over Christmas.
Extra caution is also needed with natural Christmas trees particularly if surrounded by lights or nearby candles, as these trees are very dry and highly flammable.
The festive period is traditionally marked by a high incidence of domestic fires because houses contain more combustible materials than usual, whether it be trees, wrapping paper, candles or decorative lights.?
Top winter safety tips from SFRS include:
Keep portable heaters away from curtains and furniture and never use them for drying clothes, switching them off before you go to bed.
Never leave an electric blanket switched on when you?re in bed unless it?s marked ?suitable for all night use?. Check your electric blanket, plug and flex regularly for damage. If you?re in any doubt, don?t use it.
Unplug fairy lights or other electrical Christmas decorations and blow out candles when you leave the house or go to bed.
Leaving cookers unattended or being distracted while cooking is the most frequent cause of fire in the home. Never cook hot food while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Most fatal fires are caused by smoker’s materials. Don?t smoke in your chair if you?ve been drinking or you?re feeling tired. If you do feel tired smoke outside or stand up and smoke at a window or outside door.
Check your smoke, heat and Carbon Monoxide alarms are working. Replace batteries if necessary.
We need you to join Scotland?s fight against fire. If you or someone you know may be at risk from fire please get in touch and arrange a FREE home fire safety visit with local firefighters by calling 0800 0731 999 or visit http://www.firescotland.gov.uk/ .
A wide range of tips on how to keep yourself and your home safe from fire are available on the SFRS website: www.firescotland.gov.uk/winter