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Strathclyde Fire and Rescue launch winter safety campaign

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 16:10 GMT on Tuesday, October 25th, 2011.

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STRATHCLYDE Fire and Rescue today launched their winter safety campaign; a campaign which aims to promote awareness and prevention strategies, for a time of year when fire casualties and fatalities are at their highest level. 

Launching the campaign, in Glasgow, today, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue captured a lot of attention as a team of fire experts presented an audience with a live-burn of two empty flats in Glasgow, to show the dangers of a lack of a prevention strategy. 

Commenting, Assistant Chief Officer and Director of Community Safety, Lewis Ramsay said: “Every household in Strathclyde should have a working smoke alarm.  In the event of a fire, a smoke alarm will give you and your family vital life-saving minutes to escape safely.

“If you, or someone you know, a neighbour, friend, or family member, doesn’t have a working smoke alarm I would urge you to fit one immediately, or call SFR on 0800 0731 999 to arrange a home fire safety visit.  We will supply and fit a long-life smoke alarm free of charge for any Strathclyde resident who requires a smoke alarm.”

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As part of this year's campaign, officers from Strathclyde Fire and Rescue will provide advice on the risks of electrical goods, such as Christmas tree lights and candles, as well as educating vulnerable groups of people and carrying out home safety visits to check smoke alarms. 

In addition to home visits, officers will also seek to educate people on the dangers of combining alcohol and cooking, as statistics just released show that a high proportion of fatal fires occur due to a combination of drinking to excess and then smoking or trying to cook food.

Continuing, Lewis Ramsay added: “There are a number of lifestyle factors which can greatly increase your chances of being the victim of a serious house fire.  Alcohol is often significant.  Smoking or cooking under the influence of alcohol can be a fatal combination.  Additionally, groups such as older persons and those with long-term illnesses or medical conditions are particularly vulnerable.

“We are determined to reach those who are most at risk within our community, and ensure everyone has the safest winter possible, no matter what the weather conditions or their circumstances may be.”

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