More than 100 home fire safety visits carried out across the Shetland Isles

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The latest figures were revealed in an SFRS report which was presented on Wednesday, August 16

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A total of 116 Home Fire Safety Visits have been carried out by firefighters across the Shetland Isles between January and March this year – amounting to a 155 per cent visit rate for the region.

The latest figures were revealed in an SFRS report which was presented to the Community Safety and Resilience Board on Wednesday, August 16.

Home Fire Safety Visits (HFSV) are a cornerstone of the Service’s prevention efforts to help support people to stay safe at home, particularly the elderly and vulnerable.

The recent performance report also points to a ‘dual approach’ to these visits, ensuring that those at a higher risk from fire are visited by SFRS as a matter of priority.

Crews also regularly visit local schools and community groups to educate people on how to best stay safe from fire.

Fraser Burr, Local Senior Officer (LSO) for the Shetland Islands, said: “As part of our free Home Fire Safety Visits on offer to local residents, firefighters will provide advice on what to do in the event of an emergency and also check or install smoke detectors for free.

“There is a clear link between fire-related casualties and accidental dwelling fires. That is why we make such a concerted effort in the provision of Home Fire Safety Visits to ensure everyone has adequate fire detection in place.

“The positive impact of early warning provided by either standalone or linked smoke alarms is evident in terms of the reduction in the number of dwelling fires, and the associated level of fire-related injuries.”

The area has seen a significant decrease in accidental dwelling fires – with a total of seven in the current reporting period compared to 17 last year.

Although the report points to an increase in response to incidents such as road traffic collisions - with 21 reported over the current period - this is said to be due to “closer partnership working” and an increased response from SFRS resources.

LSO Burr said: “The increased figure for special incidents, such as road traffic collisions, reflects the improved response from SFRS and closer working practices with our partner agencies, such as Police Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance Service, which we continually look to improve upon.

“We have carried out a number of road safety activities in the area in recent months in a bid to reduce the likelihood of people, particularly youngsters, being involved in a road traffic collision - which as we know can have devastating consequences.

“We will continue to help people to stay safe both at home and whilst travelling through our ongoing campaigns in the local community. This will also be achieved through close partnership working which allows us to continually adopt a preventative and proactive approach.”

Anyone can arrange a free Home Fire Safety Visit by calling SFRS on the free phone number 0800 073 1999, by texting ‘FIRE’ to 80800 or by filling in a form at www.firescotland.gov.uk

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