Fire related injuries fall across Perth and Kinross

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Fire-related injuries in Perth and Kinross are at the lowest level for three years, according to latest figures.

There have been four casualties reported since April – down from a total of 14 over the same period in 2015.

A total of 48 accidental dwelling fires were also reported to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service during the same period, down 18 per cent from three years ago.

Gordon Pryde is the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s Local Senior Officer for Perth & Kinross, Angus and Dundee.

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 and other safety advice as part of the wider safety in the home agenda.

“We want everyone to be safe in their homes and cannot stress enough the importance of having a working smoke alarm.

“If fire breaks out, a smoke or heat alarm will give you valuable early warning to react and reach a place of safety. And, if you are sleeping, a working alarm could be absolutely vital.”

These figures were revealed in a SFRS report presented to Perth and Kinross Council’s Police and Fire Committee on Wednesday, October 31.

The report also highlights a 33 per cent overall reduction in the number of road traffic collisions in the region this year – down from 59 during the same period in 2017.

Sadly, four people have tragically lost their lives in road traffic collisions in Perth and Kinross since April.

LSO Pryde added: “This overall reduction in instances of road traffic collisions in Perth and Kinross follows a significant volume of work to engage with drivers in a bid to reduce the likelihood of people – particularly youngsters – being involved in a road traffic collision, which as we know can have devastating consequences.

“The loss of any life is one too many, and we are absolutely committed, with our partners locally, to doing everything in our power to preventing further tragedies from occurring.

“The thoughts of everyone at the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are very firmly with their families, their friends and the community, as well as our own personnel who were in attendance at each incident.”

Perth and Kinross crews have also attended 310 instances of unwanted fire alarm signals since April.

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.

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

“UFAS can result in lost revenue for businesses and can present a risk of staff becoming complacent.

“It’s hugely important that people are aware of the consequences of firefighters making unnecessary blue light journeys.”

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