Group Manager for Prevention and Protection in Stirling and Clacks, Gordon Pryde, presented the latest Performance Report to the Stirling Council Public Safety Committee today (17 May) on behalf of Local Senior Officer (LSO) Iain Vincent.
In the report LSO Vincent highlighted figures that revealed a reduction in accidental house fires to 27 of which 20 were cooking related.
LSO Iain Vincent said: “Many kitchen fires happen when people are not paying attention or they leave things unattended but there are several things you can do to prevent fires in the kitchen.
“Don’t leave pans unattended and take them off the heat if you have to leave the room. Fire starts when your attention stops. When you have finished cooking, make sure the cooker or oven is turned off.
"Make sure you have working smoke alarms and consider fitting a heat alarm in your kitchen. Heat alarms are specially designed to quickly detect cooking fires while avoiding false alarms caused by cooking. In the event of fire, a smoke or heat alarm will alert you and give you time to react safely and sensibly. It could save your life."
LSO Vincent added: "Partnership working and the delivery of Home Fire Safety Visits are both crucial in reducing the number of accidental dwelling fires. SFRS continues to improve its performance with 255 visits delivered this year to date, which 150 of these were classed as high risk and 95 premises required smoke detection to be fitted.
"We continue to develop our partnerships to ensure those who are most vulnerable or at risk from fire or harm in the home are identified and that appropriate risk reduction measures are put in place."
To register for a FREE Home Fire Safety Visit call the SFRS freephone number: 0800 0731 999, or visit the website at www.firescotland.gov.uk
There was a slight increase in deliberate fires from 20 in 2014/15 to 23 for the same period this year.
LSO Vincent said: “Partnership working and youth engagement are key in reducing the risk of deliberate fires occurring. Locally there are very good relationships between local Station Managers, Police Inspectors and Local Community Planning Groups.”
There have been 182 false alarm calls. This is an increase of 26 when compared to the same period last year.
LSO Vincent said: “False alarms continue to make up 50% of all calls. We continue to work closely with duty holders and, where appropriate, improving management arrangements within premises to reduce the number of unwanted fire alarm signals.”