The number of fire-related injuries have decreased by 85 per cent across Inverclyde, according to latest figures.
A total of 22 accidental domestic fires were also reported between March and May 2017 – down from 35 over the same period in 2016.
This drop comes as firefighters continue to carry out Home Fire Safety Visits (HFSV) - a cornerstone of the Service’s prevention efforts to support people to stay safe at home, particularly the elderly and vulnerable.
Firefighters will provide advice on what to do in the event of an emergency and also check or install smoke detectors for free.
David Proctor, Local Senior Officer (LSO) for Inverclyde, said early warning signs of fire through working smoke alarms are vital and he attributes this factor to the decline in incidents and fire-related injuries.
He said: “There is a clear link between fire-related casualties and accidental dwelling fires. That is why we make such a concerted effort in the provision of Home Fire Safety Visits to ensure everyone has adequate fire detection in place.
“We have carried out 370 Home Fire Safety Visits during this reporting period alone and will continue to see that number rise.
“The positive impact of early warning provided by either standalone or linked smoke alarms is evident in terms of the reduction in the number of severe dwelling fires, and the associated level of fire-related injuries compared to a decade ago.”
The latest figures were revealed in a SFRS report presented to Inverclyde Council’s Local Police and Fire Scrutiny Committee on Thursday, June 29.
The report also highlighted a decrease in deliberate fire-raising – from 367 incidents in the same period of 2016, to 277 in this current reporting period.
However, there was an increase in the number of deliberate fires at private and business premises, with 18 reported over the period - an increase of 13 on the previous year.
LSO Proctor said: “Deliberate fires are dangerous, put lives at risk and are completely unacceptable. They waste time and money, and keep SFRS crews away from real emergencies.
“However, through robust and flexible strategic planning, our crews are always ready to respond to any incident to keep our communities safe.
“We ask local residents and businesses to ensure that rubbish does not accumulate outside their property and that wheelie bins are stored in a safe and secure area until collection.
“If you believe that you or anyone you know may be at risk from fire, please get in touch with us.”