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Festive season brings increased risk of fires

Accidental house fires can be caused by an increased use of heating and electrical appliances - as well as higher alcohol consumption during the holiday season.

From a Report issued by the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service  the new figures have revealed the extent of seasonal dwelling fires responded to by firefighters in Scotland, with 527 incidents recorded between December 11, 2017, and January 15, 2018.

The statistics also show that over last year’s Christmas and New Year season, 17 accidental house fires were caused by lighting – including fairy lights.

The Assistant Chief Officer David McGown is the SFRS director of prevention and protection.
He spoke out as the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service launches its winter awareness campaign to urge families to stay safe over this festive period.

ACO McGown said: “Ultimately, we want people to remember the festive period for all the right reasons.

“Christmas and New Year should be a happy time spent with family and friends. Unfortunately, we often identify an increase in accidental dwelling fires during this period.

“This winter SFRS will work closely with local communities and partner agencies to keep Scotland safe from fire and other emergencies - but as always, we need the public’s help to reduce the amount of preventable fires we might see in the coming months.

“I would directly appeal to people to check if their elderly relatives, neighbours or friends are in need of our support and to contact us directly".

“Home fire safety visits are a key pillar of our prevention work that help safeguard the public – especially vulnerable residents but also families and the wider community.”

If you or someone you know is vulnerable or may be at risk from fire, get in touch to arrange a free home fire safety visit with local firefighters by calling 0800 0731 999.


At Bright Spark we take Electrical Safety Seriously, and often highlight to our customers unsafe situations particularly with overloaded sockets and extension leads.

Be Safe this Christmas 2018, should you have any Electrical Emergency Situations, please do not hesitate to call us, on 01892 531728, where we can talk you through remedial action, or one of our Experieinced Electricians can visit your home or Business

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