Methil leads the way on safety visits

Home Fire Safety Visit being carried out by Scottish Fire and Rescue officers
Home Fire Safety Visit being carried out by Scottish Fire and Rescue officers

Methil Fire Station is leading the way for Fife after carrying out over 1400 home fire safety visits in 2014/15.

That is an increase of 64 per cent against their original target of 900 visits for the year, and 33 more visits than were carried out in 2013/14.

The service is offered free to people across Scotland through their local stations, which can identify potential hazards in the home and provide free smoke alarms.

Methil fire station manager Stephen Thomson revealed the figures to councillors at the recent Levenmouth area committee meeting, and told them: “The fire service is moving very much toward prevention, and the focus is very much on home fire safety.

“The number of home fire safety visits carried out in this area is the highest of any other area committee, and that’s a testament to Methil Fire station, which is smaller than a number of the stations.”

He added: “But we’re not just looking at fire safety now, we are offering home safety visits to vulnerable households, especially those with under 5s and over 60s. So looking at things like slip or fall hazards and child safety.”

Stephen told councillors that the fire service is working more in partnership with Police Scotland on targetted safety approaches, especially in schools, and staff at Methil station have been working with the Fife Community Safety Partnership in piloting a childs’ car seat check session, with two more to take place on July 27 and 28 and August 20 and 21.

To find out more about home fire safet visits, and to organise your own, go to www.firescotland.gov.uk, call 0800 0731 999 or text “FIRE” to 80800.