The number of fire-related injuries have decreased more than two thirds across Moray, according to latest figures.
A total of six accidental domestic fires were also reported between April and June 2017 – down from 13 over the same period in 2016.
This drop comes as firefighters continue to carry out Home Fire Safety Visits (HFSV) - a cornerstone of the Service’s prevention efforts to support people to stay safe at home, particularly the elderly and vulnerable.
Firefighters will provide advice on what to do in the event of an emergency and also check or install smoke detectors for free.
David Rout, Local Senior Officer (LSO) for Aberdeenshire and Moray, said early warning signs of fire through working smoke alarms are vital and he attributes this factor to the decline in incidents and fire-related injuries.
He said: “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.
“It is pleasing to see that fire casualties have decreased from seven to two during this period.
“We have carried out 332 Home Fire Safety Visits during this reporting period alone and will continue to see that number rise.
“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 severe dwelling fires, and the associated level of fire-related injuries compared to a decade ago.”
The latest figures were revealed in a SFRS report presented to Moray’s Police, Fire and Rescue Services Committee on Thursday, August 24.
LSO Rout also highlighted the area’s local plan which is currently out for consultation until Tuesday, September 12.
He said: "While we have knowledge from our day to day activities about what is most needed by people who live in Moray, it is an important part of our community engagement strategy to enable those representing the public to offer views.
"We engaged with our stakeholders to seek their views on how well we had been performing against our existing priorities, and have taken account of that in our draft plan which is now out for consultation. We welcome comments from our partners and members of our communities on our proposed priorities for Moray."
To see the SFRS Local Fire and Rescue Plan for Moray and to take part in the public consultation please click the link below: