Don’t give fire a sporting chance

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 16:41 on 17 July 2014.
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THE Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have urged householders in Cumbernauld to not give fire a sporting chance, to ensure a safe and enjoyable Commonwealth Games.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) will play a significant role in ensuring a safe and secure Commonwealth Games – including firefighters who will be offering key advice to visitors to help them be safe during their stay in Scotland.

Assistant Chief Officer Lewis Ramsay, Director of Prevention and Protection, said: “The Commonwealth Games will be the biggest event ever hosted in Glasgow and we want visitors staying in Scotland to enjoy the experience safely.

“We would also urge anyone looking after visitors during the Commonwealth Games to pay special heed to our fire safety guidance to help protect themselves, their guests and their property from the potentially devastating effects of fire.”

The Commonwealth Games take place between 23 July and 3 August; and it is expected that tens of thousands of visitors and spectators will travel to Glasgow and the various other sites hosting events to enjoy the atmosphere during what will be the largest multi-sport event ever held in Scotland.

ACO Ramsay added: “We want everyone visiting Scotland to remember our key fire safety advice so they can enjoy their time here safely. The main thing to remember is, in the event of a fire, get out, stay out and call 999 for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.”

The Service’s key safety messages also advise:

  • Ensure you know the fire safety arrangements and escape routes of any accommodation you are staying in, including campsites and buildings you are visiting
  • Write down your address so you can give accurate information about your location in the event of a fire
  • If you see or suspect fire, dial 999 and ask for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
  • In public buildings, including games venues, if you discover a fire, sound the alarm (break-glass call point), leave the building immediately and report to the assembly point
  • If you are self-catering, remember 60% of house fires are caused when cooking – don’t leave cookers switched on and unattended
  • When cooking or smoking avoid excessive alcohol consumption or use of drugs as this can make you more vulnerable to an accidental fire
  • Make sure there is at least one working smoke alarm on each level of the accommodation you are staying in
  • Discuss how you and your family would escape if a fire started – have a fire escape plan and agreed meeting point in the event of an emergency

More information on visitor fire safety is available on our Glasgow 2014 page on our website
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