Dundee’s Local Senior Officer has welcomed a fall in the number of accidental house fires in the area.
Latest figures reveal a total of 45 accidental domestic fires were reported between October and December 2016 – down by nine over the same period in 2015.
The findings came to light in a SFRS performance report presented before Dundee City Council’s Community Safety & Public Protection Committee on Monday, 13 March.
Colin Grieve, Local Senior Officer (LSO) for Dundee acknowledged the reduction but urged residents to remain vigilant as many of the incidents were linked to people losing concentration whilst cooking.
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.”
Local crews have carried out a total of 3193 free home fire safety visits in Dundee since 1st April 2016 – this was against a target of 2820.
They installed smoke detectors and shared advice with residents to help them recognise risks and make it less likely a fire will happen in their home.
LSO Grieve said: “Having adequate fire detection such as smoke alarms is crucial because householders can’t afford to ignore the risks.
“The fact no-one in the area was killed or seriously hurt demonstrates the importance of engaging directly with our communities to reduce the impact of fires within the home.”
“We urge everyone to sign up for a free home fire safety visit.
“In particular we are keen to protect the most vulnerable in our communities to live safely at home.”
To register for a FREE Home Fire Safety Visit call the SFRS freephone number: 0800 0731 999, or visit the website at www.firescotland.gov.uk
Meanwhile, the number of deliberate fires across Dundee saw an increase of 62 per cent from the previous year.
There were 195 deliberate fires between October and December with 88 of these involved wheelie bins.
It also highlighted 94 deliberate fires involving rubbish and open land.
LSO Grieve 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.
“On the lead up to Bonfire Night, we worked in partnership with local community wardens and Police Scotland to deliver bonfire safety talks to all secondary schools and youth zones in the area.
“We will continue our work with Police Scotland to ensure any deliberate fire is fully investigated.
“In addition, 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.
“Anyone with information on deliberate fires can contact Police Scotland on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”