Fire safety message for festive season

Local senior fire officer for Aberdeenshire and Mora, David Rout.

Local senior fire officer for Aberdeenshire and Mora, David Rout.

Fire chiefs are calling on Aberdeenshire residents to enjoy a safe festive season.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is urged people to recognise the risks as they celebrate Christmas and take action to stop house fires and prevent tragedies.

Local senior officer for Aberdeenshire and Moray, David Rout said: “Our national campaign ‘Join Scotland’s Fight Against Fire’ continues and we are appealing to the public to help us save lives this Christmas.

“More house fires happen in December and January than at any other time of year and we need everyone to be aware of the increased risk at this time of year.

“There were 10 deaths and almost 280 injuries during 2012-13 across Scotland which it’s suspected are linked to impairment through alcohol or drugs.

“We often see a rise in these types of incidents during the festive season and we know combining alcohol with cooking is a dangerous mix.”

The safety campaign is being backed by advertisements on television, radio and in newspapers feature serving firefighters sharing their memories of attending serious house fires, as SFRS drives home a powerful message to reduce the number of fires and casualties.




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