Fire fighters are urging people in Aberdeenshire to make fire safety a priority this winter as a five day safety tour kicked off in Fraserburgh on Monday.
Figures reveal that smokers materials and matches were the most common cause of accidental house fire deaths last year. Fire fighters together with Safer Scotland are encouraging the people of Fraserburgh to book a free Home Fire Safety Visit to ensure their homes are properly protected.
The display at Saltoun Square showed the contents of a burnt out living room on to highlight how devastating a fire can be.
Of the 619 house fires which occurred in Grampian in 2010-11, 46% of these homes didn’t have a working smoke alarm or had no smoke alarm at all. In the same year, six people in the area lost their lives and 136 people were hurt or injured.
Mike Cordiner, Risk Reduction Unit, Grampian Fire and Rescue Service said:
“Fire can happen to anyone at anytime. That’s why we’re urging people in Fraserburgh to ensure they have the right protection in place should the worst happen.
“A Home Fire Safety Visit is an easy way to make sure your home is safe. It only takes 20 minutes and involves fire service staff making sure you have sufficient smoke alarms that are installed correctly. If necessary, they will install new smoke alarms free of charge.”
Text FIRE to 61611 to request a free Home Fire Safety Visit. For fire safety advice, visit www.dontgivefireahome.org.