Free fire ser­vice check could be a life-saver

Rutherglen Reformer - - Health -

Since I last wrote the clocks have now changed and the weather has def­i­nitely taken a chilly turn.

It’s look­ing like we may even be in line for a re­peat of last year’s “Beast from the East” so we need to start pre­par­ing.

Au­tumn and win­ter typ­i­cally see peo­ple spend­ing a lot more time in­doors, with ad­di­tional ap­pli­ances switched on and more hot meals pre­pared with the cooker.

Those changes bring in­creased risks that we should all be aware of.

Thanks to a re­cent visit from lo­cal fire­fight­ers I know that my fam­ily is safe from common house­hold dangers that can all too eas­ily go un­no­ticed.

Many peo­ple in Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen may not know that our com­mu­nity’s emer­gency crews don’t just re­spond to 999 calls.

They also do a lot of work to keep the area safe by help­ing peo­ple take small steps to pre­vent fires from start­ing in the first place. When they came to my house a few weeks ago, the fire­fight­ers did some quick checks like mak­ing sure our elec­tri­cal sock­ets were not over­loaded and kitchen items were placed where they won’t pose a dan­ger.

They also chat­ted to me about what to do in the event of a fire and how to talk to my daugh­ter about dangers with­out mak­ing her too wor­ried.

It’s dif­fi­cult to ex­plain to chil­dren not to panic but also try­ing to make them aware of what to do if there is a fire in the home.

They also re­as­sured us that our smoke alarm was in the right place and would give us all the early warn­ing we need if a fire ever does oc­cur.

I even got a free one as they sug­gested that hav­ing two would be even safer.

If they come to your home they can up­grade your fire alarm free of charge and they also showed me how to re­set it for when I burn the toast, which hap­pens more of­ten than you think – you don’t have to stand there flap­ping a towel round like crazy!

It’s a great ser­vice that is to­tally free.

If you or some­one you know could ben­e­fit, just give the fire bri­gade a call on 0800 0731 999, or text “FIRE” to 80800.

The fire­fight­ers that came round were re­ally lovely, I highly rec­om­mend the ser­vice and can’t thank them enough.

Safety first The home safety checks by the fire ser­vice are free

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