Firefighters visit more than 700 Perth and Kinross homes to give safety advice

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The figures were presented to Perth and Kinross Housing Committee on Wednesday, November 1.

_DSC0007-2Firefighters have visited hundreds of Perth and Kinross residents – as the number of accidental house fires continue to fall.

The crews checked out 749 properties over the course of the last 6 months and provided valuable safety advice, as well as installing a total 203 smoke detectors.

Home Safety Visits are a cornerstone of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s effort to support people to stay safe at home, particularly the most elderly and the vulnerable.

The figure was revealed as it also emerged how the number of accidental house fires fell from 14 to 2017/18 - compared to 29 in 2015/16.

But - despite the drop in accidental house fires - cooking was seen as a main contributory factor, being linked to seven fires which represents 50 per cent of the latest total.

The data for July to September 2017 was outlined in a report to Perth and Kinross Housing Committee on Wednesday, November 1.

Local Senior Officer Colin Grieve welcomed the fall but said the SFRS was not complacent and remained committed to reducing the number of incidents even further.
He said: “It is pleasing to see the decline of accidental dwelling fires and other incidents but we continue to look at the intelligence and it is clear these are most commonly linked to cooking.
“One of the ways we do this is through our free home safety visits where crews and our partners engage with the most vulnerable in our communities to ensure we provide the most appropriate support to reduce the risk of unintentional harm in the home.

“Partnership Prevention work is key to saving lives and protecting properties so we will continue to engage with communities, particularly the vulnerable and elderly, to ensure risk is reduced and people can live safely.

Meanwhile, the number of deliberate fires remained the same as the previous year at 24 and is 17 per cent below the five year average.

They accounted for five per cent of all incidents in Perth and Kinross in between July and September this year.

LSO Grieve added: “Firefighters continue to work very hard to build relationship with young people in Perth and Kinross to provide information on the dangers of wilful fire raising.

“Crews throughout the area visit schools and work with safety partners to engage with young people so they understand the potentially disastrous consequences of their actions.”

Anyone who wants to know more about Home Safety visits should call 0800 0731 999 or text "FIRE" to 80800 from your mobile phone.