Help the fight against fire this winter

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house on fire

Firefighters in Dumfries and Galloway are asking for your help to keep older people safe from fire this winter.

Winter is traditionally the peak time of year when lives are lost in house fires and people over the age of 60 are the most vulnerable group.

Family, friends and neighbours can help us by arranging a Home Fire Safety Visit for older people they know.

Area Manager Hamish McGhie, SFRS local senior officer for Dumfries and Galloway, said: “Over the last few years two thirds of people killed by fire have been people over the age of 60.

“We know that winter sees a peak in house fires, we know that older people are at risk and we need the community’s help to stop those fires claiming lives.”

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will be running a major campaign over Older People Week of Action, which starts on Monday, 15 November, with adverts on TV, radio and newspapers.

We’ll also be using our social media channels to engage with young people and ask for their help to keep their parents and grandparents safe over the winter months.

Area Manager McGhie added: “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service offers FREE Home Fire Safety Visits to everyone who feels they need one.

“We’ll come to your home, provide fire safety advice, fit smoke alarms if needed and provide some reassurance. But we can only do this if people get in contact.

“If you’re over 60 and we haven’t visited you yet, get in touch. Or if you know an older person, it could be a relative, a friend, a neighbour, please tell them about our service. Offer to call up for them.

“This is where we really need the community’s help. We CAN prevent older people dying in fires and our best chance of doing that is by visiting them in their home now.”

Firefighters are asking everyone to take action this week. Speak to your neighbour, give your friend a phone or visit your granny or grandad. Make sure they get a Home Fire Safety Visit and that they have the best chance possible to avoid the devastating effects of fire.

We’re asking everyone during this week of action to take action. Speak to your neighbour. Give your friend a phone. Make sure they get a HFSV, and have the best chance possible to avoid the devastating effect of fire.

Free home fire safety visits take around 20 minutes to complete and are conducted by local SFRS crews at a time convenient for the householder.

A popular feature of the Join Scotland’s Fight Against Fire campaign, they are available by calling the freephone number 0800 073 1999, by texting ‘FIRE’ to 80800 or by filling in an online form at www.firescotland.gov.uk.