Drop in number of Fife house fires

The fire and rescue service in Fife has exceeded its target number of Home Fire Safety Visits (HFSV) during the last year contributing to a reduction in house fires encountered in the Kingdom.

And with the drop in house fires, there’s also been a decrease in fire casualties by 24 per cent.

Last year, fire service personnel carried out 6595 visits to people’s homes for the free safety checks, against a target of 5000 – an increase of 32 per cent.

Iain Vincent, Fife’s lead service officer, said: “Visits have been conducted using local knowledge and intelligence to target the higher risk areas.

“They have also been conducted following self-referrals and referrals from a range of partner agencies, as well as being conducted following our attendance at incidents.

“We continue to closely monitor the performance of all stations to ensure these targets are achieved and to ensure fire safety advice and smoke detectors are available to all our communities.

“We can’t be complacent. Although our figures show a decrease of 15 per cent in accidental dwelling fires, 92 of these had no smoke alarms and 33 had non-working smoke alarms. That’s over 50 per cent of the dwelling fires we attended had no means of early warning and detection.

“We urge every household to have working smoke alarms. We provide free home fire safety visits and fit smoke alarms where required.”

During the period, Fife also saw a reduction of 23 per cent in the number of deliberate fires being attended by firefighters, thanks in part to crews providing education in schools.

For a free home fire safety visit call 0800 0731 999, or contact your local fire station.