Firefighters carry out hundreds of free home fire safety visits in South Ayrshire

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The report was presented to South Ayrshire Council’s Police and Fire and Rescue Committee on Wednesday, November 21.

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Firefighters have fitted almost 400 free smoke alarms in South Ayrshire homes – as the number of accidental house fires in the region continues to fall.

The latest figures for the area show that between April 1 and September 30 the number of accidental fires in the home fell from 43 to 41 from the same period in 2017.

In an effort to continue the decrease, crews have carried 523 home fire safety visits and fitted the 390 free smoke alarms – and 41 per cent of these visits were to those most vulnerable.

James Scott, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s Local Senior Officer for East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire and South Ayrshire, presented the latest snapshot of statistics in a report to South Ayrshire Council’s Police and Fire and Rescue Committee on Wednesday, November 21.

He said: “There has been some great prevention work carried out throughout the area and crews can be proud of what they have achieved.

“That said, it’s crucial that we do not become complacent and continue to work towards helping people remain safe in their homes.

“Prevention is key to our efforts in helping to keep communities safe. In reality, stopping a fire from occurring in the first place is at the forefront of our efforts.

“Our free home fire safety visits are an effective way of helping to identifying risks in the home and allow firefighters to engage with families and the most vulnerable in our communities to ensure we provide the most appropriate support.”

The number of fire casualties increased slightly to nine for the period between April, 1 and September 30 – a rise of two from the same period in 2017.

LSO Scott said: “Our overall ambition is to have zero fire casualties throughout Scotland and that is why we continue to drive the message our home fire safety visits.

“It is also why we appeal to everyone to check if their elderly relatives, friends or neighbours are in need of this vital support – and to contact us directly.”

Meanwhile, firefighters have attended more than 300 unwanted fire alarm signals between April and September this year.

UFAS incidents occur when firefighters are called to an incident as a result of equipment failure, malicious false alarms or false alarms with good intent.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is committed to working with businesses and duty holders and, where appropriate, improving management arrangements within premises to reduce the number of unwanted fire alarm signals.

LSO Scott said: “Education and partnership working can assist our efforts to reduce these unwanted and unnecessary occurrences.

“Ensuring that businesses and duty holders manage their fire alarm systems effectively can also help us reduce the number of unwanted fire alarm signals.

“We remain absolutely committed to continuing to work with our partners to drive down these figures.”

To arrange a free Home Fire Safety visit contact 0800 073 1999, text ‘FIRE’ to 80800 or fill in a form at /your-safety/hfsv-form.aspx

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