Safety first mes­sage

Rutherglen Reformer - - Advertising Feature - Staff re­porter

Fire­fight­ers from the Cly­desmill Fire Sta­tion in Cam­bus­lang are join­ing their coun­ter­parts from across South La­nark­shire in a week of ac­tion aimed at pro­tect­ing vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple.

The un­prece­dented move fol­lows a re­cent ap­peal from the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice ( SFRS) for the public to help them reach those most likely to be killed or in­jured as a re­sult of fire in the home.

Peo­ple over the age of 60 ac­counted for al­most two-thirds of those killed by fire in 2015 and, as well as age, the com­mon fac­tors con­tribut­ing to many of the deaths were smok­ing, ill­health, liv­ing alone and lim­ited mo­bil­ity.

By send­ing op­er­a­tional crews and com­mu­nity fire­fight­ers to house­holds, SFRS hopes res­i­dents will ben­e­fit from the ad­vice and sup­port avail­able to keep their homes and ev­ery­one in them safe.

Area man­ager Alan Fair­bairn – SFRS lo­cal se­nior of­fi­cer – said: “If some­one is over the age of 60, lives alone or has dif­fi­culty mov­ing around then it can take more time for them to es­cape in an emer­gency.

“Our crews can help make sure smoke alarms are po­si­tioned where they will give peo­ple very ef­fec­tive early warn­ing and that ev­ery­one knows how to get out if a fire does start.

“We can help peo­ple un­der­stand the risk of smok­ing in bed or if they’re tired and sit­ting in a chair, but even if some­one just can’t avoid do­ing this then we can work with part­ners to find so­lu­tions and lower their risk.

“A huge amount of sup­port is avail­able but we need our part­ner agen­cies and the public to help us make sure it gets to those who need it.

“Fire­fight­ers want to help res­i­dents un­der­stand the risks and take the very mi­nor ac­tions we know will dra­mat­i­cally re­duce the chance of a fire start­ing and, if it does hap­pen, in­crease the chance of ev­ery­one es­cap­ing un­hurt.”

Free home fire safety vis­its take around 20 min­utes to com­plete and are con­ducted by lo­cal SFRS crews at a time con­ve­nient for the house­holder.

A pop­u­lar fea­ture of the Join Scot­land’s Fight Against Fire cam­paign, they are avail­able by call­ing the freep­hone num­ber 0800 073 1999, by tex­ting ‘FIRE’ to 80800 or by fill­ing in an online form at www.firescot­land.gov. uk.

Area man­ager Fair­bairn added: “We all need to do what we can to pro­tect not only our­selves but also those around us.

“When re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zens put vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in touch with us it can make all the dif­fer­ence and I’d ap­peal for ev­ery­one to con­sider if they know some­one who is po­ten­tially vul­ner­a­ble and could ben­e­fit from our sup­port. We also want to re­mind ev­ery­one in South La­nark­shire that if they hear a smoke alarm ac­ti­vat­ing then they need to call 999 and re­port it right away.

“It’s com­mon for peo­ple to as­sume an alarm has gone off due to some­thing in­nocu­ous like burnt toast and hes­i­tate to make an emer­gency call, but the fact is wait­ing to see if the alarm stops could cost some­one their life.”

Ac­tion Fire­fight­ers at Cly­desmill are tak­ing part in a week of ac­tion to keep vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple safe

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