24 December 2013

Stevenson Urges People to be 'Fire Safe' This Christmas

People are being urged to be extra vigilant over the festive season at the end of a big year of change for the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service.

Fire deaths reduced by 23 per cent last year, and fires in Scotland are also continuing to fall, with house fires dropping by 41% since Scottish Government records began and the lowest in a generation.

But in Scotland, most fatal fires are started by smoking and many are started by people who have also been drinking and are sleepy.
The Fire and Rescue Service recommend:
  • Taking extra care if you’ve been drinking alcohol
  • Never smoke in bed
  • Don’t smoke in your chair if you’ve been drinking or you’re feeling sleepy
  • If you do feel sleepy, smoke outside, standing up or at a window or outside door
Commenting, SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast Stewart Stevenson said:

“This year the single Fire and Rescue Service was launched to ensure we reduce unnecessary duplication and cost and making sure maximum funding is channelled to the front line.

“We have seen fire deaths in Scotland continue to fall over the long term and we want to continue that trend but this can only be done if everyone takes the necessary precautions to keep their homes fire safe this Christmas.

“The success of our fire service underlines what Scotland can achieve when we are in control of our own affairs – just imagine what we can do with the full powers of independence that a Yes vote next year can deliver.”

“As we enter into the festive period I urge people to be extra vigilant and keep homes safe.

“One way we can do this is by taking extra precautions to ensure house fires are not started recklessly – many of which are caused by drinking.

“Our fire-fighters put their lives on the line every day and we must pay tribute to the outstanding contribution they make to our communities.”

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