Home fire safety visits help keep people safe in their own homes.
Accidental house fires in Moray are continuing to fall.
A total of 25 such incidents were reported between April and December 2017– down 12 on the same period in the previous year.
Almost three quarters of those incidents were caused by people becoming distracted while cooking.
The findings were highlighted in a report brought before the Moray Police and Fire Committee meeting on Thursday, February 15.
Ian Findlay, SFRS Local Senior Officer (LSO) for Moray, says firefighters are committed to driving down accidental fires even further.
He said: “It is pleasing to see the decline of accidental dwelling fires and other incidents but we continue to look at the intelligence and it is clear these are most commonly linked to cooking.
“One of the ways we work to prevent fire from occurring is through our free home safety visits where crews engage with the most vulnerable in our communities to ensure we provide the most appropriate support to reduce the risk of unintentional harm in the home.
“We’re here to help everyone stay safe but we’re particularly keen to support the most vulnerable and elderly within our communities.
“That’s why we appeal to everyone to check if their elderly relatives, friends or neighbours are in need of this vital support – and to contact us directly.”
There has been a slight increase in the number of deliberate fires in the region –up two per cent from 2016.
A total of 54 such incidents were recorded by the emergency service between April and December and most of the fires involved rubbish, wooded areas and grassland.
LSO Findlay said: “Preventing these incidents from occurring in the first place is our main aim and as such we continue to engage with local schools and youth groups to highlight the risks.
“We take a zero tolerance approach towards anyone who deliberately sets fire and are committed to working closely with our partners, including Police Scotland, to help ensure those involved in this criminal activity are quickly identified and action taken.”
He also told elected members how the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has launched a public consultation as it proposes to transform to meet modern risks such as severe weather related flooding.
Firefighters train to respond to severe flooding.
LSO Findlay said: “There is absolutely no doubt that by seeking to transform, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is leading the way in Scotland’s public sector.
“It is a bold step but one that is necessary - rooted within the intelligence before us and what it is telling us about new and emerging risks, and how we need to meet those to protect our communities.
“But we want the communities of Moray to tell us their thoughts and walk beside us, shoulder to shoulder, as we shape a modern fire and rescue service fit for the future.”
It is expected members of the Moray Police and Fire Committee will soon meet with LSO Findlay at Elgin Fire Station to learn more about the SFRS transformation vision.
To take part in our consultation, ‘Your Service ... Your Voice’, visit www.firescotland.gov.uk/transformation/public-consultation
To arrange a free Home Fire Safety visit contact 0800 073 1999, text ‘FIRE’ to 80800 or fill in a form at /your-safety/hfsv-form.aspx