Warn­ing on house fires

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AL­MOST 100 ac­ci­den­tal house fires were recorded in Glas­gow dur­ing last year’s fes­tive sea­son.

The lat­est statis­tics show that dozens of city homes were af­fected by fire over the Christ­mas and New Year pe­riod in 2018.

The statis­tics were recorded from De­cem­ber 10 last year to Jan­uary 14 this year.

A to­tal of 509 fires were recorded across Scot­land with 93 in Glas­gow.

The num­bers fur­ther re­vealed that of the 91 peo­ple who sadly be­came a ca­su­alty of th­ese fires, 37 were aged 60 or over – more than 40%.

The hard-hit­ting num­bers were high­lighted as the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice launched its win­ter safety cam­paign yes­ter­day.

That cam­paign in­cludes a na­tional tele­vi­sion ad­vert that will high­light the dan­gers of cook­ing while un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol.

Typ­i­cal causes for ac­ci­den­tal house fires in­clude higher use of heat­ing and elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances and the tra­di­tional use of can­dles.

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