Glasgow pupils team up with firefighters to help spread festive safety message

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Pupils from St Maria Goretti Primary School in Cranhill, Glasgow, have teamed up with firefighters to help spread a festive safety message on social media.

After watching a virtual tour of Clydesmill Fire Station in Cambuslang, South Lanarkshire, by Firefighters Liam McBlain and Russell Jones, the pupils recorded their own film to help prevent accidental fires in homes this Christmas.

Freya, Natalie, Liam, Andrew, Aaron, Dylan, Cody, Murren, from Primary 2/1, are reminding us to turn off our Christmas tree lights at night before going to sleep, check smoke alarms and don’t leave candles burning.

An increased use of heating and electricity over the colder months combined with festive lights, trees, decorations, and candles can heighten the risk of a fire potentially taking hold.

Latest figures show that 446 homes in Scotland were affected by accidental fires between December 10, 2019 and January 14, 2020 which sadly claimed the lives of six people and resulted in 56 casualties.

Firefighter Russell Jones said: “We don’t want fire to ruin anyone’s festive season.

“We are really grateful to the pupils of St Maria for helping us to spread our safety messages on social media to keep us all safe at this time of year.

"Householders are encouraged to take a few minutes to look at our online advice and take part in a quiz to identify any hazards in your own home.”

Teacher Mrs Karen Lalley said: “The children were delighted to learn more about the work of firefighters via the virtual tour of the station.

“We want everyone to have a fire free festive season and we are pleased to be able to add our voices to support this campaign.”

This Christmas, members of the public are also being urged to help firefighters identify those most at risk of fire.

The Make The Call campaign was launched earlier this year and appealed directly to the family, friends, and neighbours of vulnerable people to get in touch with SFRS on their behalf to request a free Home Fire Safety Visit.

You can do this by calling 0800 0731 999.

During a Home Fire Safety Visit SFRS staff will identify fire hazards and risks in the home, help plan escape routes and provide information about smoke, heat, and carbon monoxide alarms. All visits are carried out in-line with the local Scottish Government Covid-19 tier guidance and regulations.

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