Firefighters in Falkirk & West Lothian will be deployed to protect vulnerable people as part of a nationwide ‘week of action’ aimed at preventing accidental house fires and the tragedies they cause.
Area Manager Gary Laing, SFRS local senior officer for Falkirk & West Lothian said “Firefighters can help residents understand the risks and take very simple actions known to dramatically reduce the chance of a fire starting. “If someone is elderly, lives alone or has difficulty moving around then it can take more time for them to escape in an emergency.
“Our crews can help make sure smoke alarms are positioned where they will give people very effective early warning and that everyone knows how to get out if a fire does start. “A huge amount of support is available but we need our partner agencies and the public to help us make sure it gets to those who need it.”
Area Manager Laing added: “We all need to do what we can to protect not only ourselves but also those around us such as family, friends and particularly elderly neighbours. “When responsible citizens put vulnerable people in touch with us it can make all the difference and I’d appeal for everyone to consider if they know someone who is potentially vulnerable and could benefit from our support.
Scottish Fire and Rescue will provide FREE Home Fire Safety Visits to households across Scotland. Their staff can help spot a possible fire hazards, offer advice and guidance and fit smoke alarms FREE of charge if the home requires them.
A Home Fire Safety Visit only takes around 20 minutes, and that 20 minutes might just save a life.
A Home Fire Safety Visit can be organised at a time that suits the householder, day or night.
For further information and to book an appointment please call 0800 0731 999, text “FIRE” to 80800 or visit the Fire Scotland website