17 December 2012
Join the fight against fire
Read more about SFR's Join the Fight Against Fire campaign
Pictured above is Chief Officer Sweeney, ACO Ramsay and
During the winter months, the risk of fire increases.
Typically in the West of Scotland during December:
- The number of fire fatalities doubles (an average of 2 each
month doubles to 4);
- The number of fire casualties increases by 25% (from 51 to 68);
- The number of accidental house fires increases by 23% (from 199
The winter element of Join the Fight Against Fire, provides a
sharp focus on three key fire safety aspects, summarised
The benefits of working smoke alarms
Smoke Alarms save lives and protect property. Working detectors
will activate quickly in the event of a fire and sound to raise the
alarm, giving family members vital seconds to escape. Fire
statistics from across the UK confirm that dwelling fires in which
smoke alarms operate are discovered much quicker and there is less
chance of someone dying or being injured in fire.
Strathclyde fire crews will carry out a free Home Fire Safety
Visit on request. As part of the service, householders have the
opportunity to discuss a range of important fire safety issues,
including how to prevent a fire from starting in the first place,
good and bad practices, and what actions to take if a fire does
Just one call, that's all it takes. We do the rest - Join
the Fight Against Fire.
You can watch our advert featuring Watch Commander Andrea
Sutherland by clicking below.
Cooking is by far the most common cause of fire in the home so
when preparing hot meals never leave your cooker unattended.
Carelessness or distraction when cooking hot food whilst under the
influence of alcohol dramatically increases the risk of a fire and
60% of all fire injuries are caused by fires in the kitchen.
Click here for
more information about cooking safely.
You can watch our advert featuring Station Commander Scott
Kennedy by clicking below.
Cigarettes and Alcohol
House fires that are started by smokers materials and matches
are responsible for over half of all fire deaths. So take extra
care if you or someone in the households smokes when under the
influence of alcohol.
here for further advice on smoking and fire safety.
here for further advice on alcohol and fire safety.
In 30% of occasions where a fire fatality or casualty occurs,
impairment through alcohol or drugs is a contributory factor.
Other common sources of ignition are: electrical appliances
(13%), electrical distribution (7%), space heaters (4%) and candles
(3%). For more fire safety information,
You can watch our advert featuring Watch Commander Barry Colvan
by clicking below.