SFRS has launched the #MakeTheCall campaign to help stop preventable deaths in house fires
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has launched the #MakeTheCall campaign to appeal to carers, family, friends and of those who are at risk of serious injury or even death because of an accidental fire in their home.
SFRS is appealing to communities across Scotland to help save a life and consider home fire safety when checking in on vulnerable neighbours, patients, friends and family members during lockdown and to put them in touch with SFRS wherever possible using the free Home Fire Safety Visit phoneline.The latest statistics show that more than 20 people who are over the age of 50, smoke and either have mobility issues, live alone, or use medical oxygen have already been injured, some seriously, by such fires between January 01 and April 30 2020.
Many of the people involved were not known to the SFRS which can offer guidance, advice and free Home Fire Safety Visits to carers and family or directly to those at greatest risk. Advice or a visit can be sought through the national phoneline – a five-minute process which will see the caller receive a return call from their local fire station to offer advice, or where appropriate, a physical visit.
Anyone who wants to book a free Home Fire Safety Visit can call 0800 731 999 or text ‘fire’ to 80800.