Fire Safety Reassurance starts at home

East Ayrshire Tenants and Residents Federation has joined forces with East Ayrshire Council and Scottish Fire and Rescue to raise awareness of fire safety within the home.

Every hour of every day there’s a house fire in Scotland. It is really important that tenants and residents know how to reduce the chance of fire within their home and how to protect themselves and their family.

Cooking accidents, overloaded sockets, faulty appliances, smoking and drinking are just some of the reasons why there are house fires.

Most house fires start in the living room and the kitchen. Leaving a pan unattended for just a minute, not putting a cigarette out properly or leaving a candle unattended near curtains or cards can have devastating consequences.

Councillor Elena Whitham, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities said: “Our tenants and residents can take simple steps to protect their homes and reduce the risk of fire. Smokers have to be particularly careful and cigarettes should be stubbed out in an ashtray. It is also important to pour water over cigarette ends before putting them in the outside bin.

“Candles should be kept away from anything that can catch fire like curtains, cards, cushions, TV’s or even shelves. Never leave a lit candle alone for even a second. If you are going out or going to bed make sure candles are put out properly.

“It is good to have a night-time routine. Make sure you switch off and unplug all electrical appliances and close all internal doors at night. It is also beneficial to make an emergency escape plan. Working out how you could escape from your home if the front door is blocked is a great thing to do. This will help to keep you and your family calm in the event of a fire.

“It is essential that our tenants and residents are aware of the risk that fire can pose to their homes and that they know how to reduce any risk. I am delighted the Council is working with East Ayrshire Tenants and Residents Federation and Scottish Fire and Rescue helping to raise awareness and encourage people to think carefully about how to protect themselves and their homes.”

Bruce Cuthbertson, Chair of the East Ayrshire Tenants and Residents Federation said: “We are delighted to work closely with the Council and Scottish Fire and Rescue to raise awareness about fire safety within the home. In recent months we have all seen the destructive power of fire and it is essential that people, especially those that are older and vulnerable, protect themselves and their home from unnecessary risk.

“Fire can happen to anyone and with this in mind we will be including some simple fire safety advice in our November newsletter which will be issued to 12,000 people throughout East Ayrshire.”

Scottish Fire and Rescue can provide free home fire safety visits, offering advice and guidance on fire safety and can fit smoke alarms free of charge if your home requires them.

Local Senior Officer James Scott said: “As a key pillar of our preventative work, Home Fire Safety Visits help safeguard members of the community – particularly vulnerable and elderly residents. These help to provide vital early warning signs and identify any risks within households.

“We would like to reassure people that we are here to support them through the provision of our free Home Fire Safety Visits, where firefighters will provide safety advice and guidance on what to do in the event of an emergency.

“We are always particularly keen to support the most vulnerable members of our communities to live safely within the home so if you have an elderly relative, neighbour or friend who you think could benefit from a visit, then please ensure to get in contact

“Anyone who wants to know more should call 0800 0731 999 or text “FIRE” to 80800 from your mobile phone.”

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