Local Senior Officer Fraser Burr
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service hosted a successful community engagement event on Barra recently where residents met with their local firefighters to find out how to best prevent household fires.
More than 150 people attended the event which was held on Tuesday, April 11, in the Castlebay Community Hall, and at a local co-op store where SFRS staff offered free home fire safety visits to those who attended.
As a result, around 40 home fire safety visits were scheduled. These visits involve firefighters checking a resident’s home for potential fire risks and providing advice on what to do in the event of an emergency. Following the event, four of these were completed on the same day.
Firefighters also check or install smoke detectors as part of this crucial service, which can provide vital early warning signs.
Fraser Burr, Local Senior Officer at the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We want to thank all those who came along to support our community event on Barra, which was a great success.
“It is imperative that we continue to reach out to people to offer our help and guidance on how best to stay safe at home. This is particularly important for the most vulnerable members of our communities.
“Our free home fire safety visits are a key part of our preventative work and we would encourage anyone who is interested to get in touch and find out more.
“We all need to do as much as we can to prevent tragedies from occurring and I would urge people to book a home fire safety visit today and see how it may be helpful to them.”
Following the home fire safety visits, crews subsequently confirmed a total of 12 properties that had no working smoke detection, and are now supporting householders as a matter of priority.
LSO Burr added: “We’ll help make sure people’s homes are as safe as possible, get assistance from partners if there is a need, and fit smoke alarms free of charge.
“We want to support our entire community but we all know older or vulnerable people who could be at risk – it could be a grandmother, an aunt, or even a friend or neighbour. If you, or someone you know, is at risk from fire, please get in touch with us.”
To arrange a free Home Fire Safety visit contact SFRS on the freephone number 0800 073 1999, by texting ‘FIRE’ to 80800 or by filling in a form at www.firescotland.gov.uk.