Shetland residents urged to book a home fire safety visit

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Local Senior Officer for Shetland, Fraser Burr, presented the latest Quarterly Performance Report before councillors in Shetland.

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Top fire officer has urged residents to book a Home Fire Safety Visit to help keep them safe and prevent accidental house fires.

A total of 100 visits were carried out by SFRS staff on the Islands between April and June, latest figures released in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s (SFRS) Quarterly Performance Report have revealed.

And 69 per cent of these were delivered to homes of some of the most vulnerable people in need of assistance 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.

Local Senior Officer for Shetland, Fraser Burr spoke following a meeting of the Community Safety and Resilience Board on Wednesday, November, 8.

He 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 report points to a low level number of calls to incidents such as road traffic collisions which is due to closer partnership working.

LSO Burr said: “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