Elderly warned to be wary of fire
The station commander at Rutherglen and Cambuslang’s main fire station has urged elderly people to make sure their homes are safe after the tragic death of a 92-yearold man in a blaze this month.
Tommy Sime, described by neighbours as a “lovely man”, died after a house fire in his home on Tobermory Road in Cathkin on Wednesday, August 12.
And now station commander at Clydesmill Community Fire Station Robert Deans is urging people to take advantage of the Scottish Fire Service’s Home Safety visit.
He said: “The surveys and research we have done tell us that elderly people are more at risk of a fire starting in their house.
“Research also tells us the most likely room for a fire to start is the kitchen.
“This could be when they are cooking, or late at night when people have maybe put something on and forget about it, which can happen to anyone.”
Free home fire safety visits take around 20 minutes to complete and are always done by local crews at a time convenient for the householder.
Robert added: “What this will entail is the person calling up and leaving their contact details.
“Their local fire station will call them back, ask them some preliminary questions and arrange a time to come and visit their property.
“When we come out, we’ll sit down with the person, ask them some questions about the house and go round the premises and identify any potential circumstances that could be fire hazards.
“We can offer tailor made directions to your premises and an escape plan.
“We can also fit smoke detectors and make sure any existing smoke detectors are working. This is a free service and is easy to arrange.
“The person can contact us directly or, alternatively, someone else can contact us on behalf of that person as long as they have a reference.
“For instance someone could call and arrange for an appointment on behalf of their mother or grand mother.”
Neighbours of Tommy were left stunned at his death last week.
Firefighters in breathing apparatus entered the property to try and save him.
They provided emergency treatment until paramedics arrived to deliver specialist care and he was taken by ambulance to Hairmyres Hospital, however it was sadly confirmed that he did not survive.
His wife Florence, who was also in the property, was saved by a neighbour and received a precautionary check-up from ambulance crews.
Stephen Mackenzie, who tried to save Tommy, said: “Tommy was a really nice man, he always came down and spoke to me when I was at my mum’s.”
Another neighbour, Betty Greenhorn, added: “When my eldest daughter passed away he was always around asking if I needed anything, he was a very kind hearted man and a terrific neighbour.”
Free home fire safety visits are available from SFRS by calling the freephone number 0800 073 1999, by texting ‘FIRE’ to 80800 or by an online form at www.firescotland.gov.uk.
Elderly people are more at risk of a fire starting in their house
Warning Robert Deans