Staying Safe at Home
General Home Fire Safety
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) want to ensure that we remain safe in our homes when we are self-isolating. Home safety fire visits have been reduced, so the SFRS is asking us to be fire aware.
- Ensure your home has a working Smoke Alarm which should be tested on a weekly basis
- If a smoke alarm previously fitted by SFRS develops a fault, then please contact your local Community Fire Station and they will arrange to come and replace it free of charge
- Ensure people are careful and dispose of any smoking materials in a responsible manner
- Do not leave cooking unattended. Cooking is the main cause of fires within the home, especially when the use of alcohol has taken place
- Always switch appliances like TV's off at the mains and do not leave on Stand-by
- Don't leave mobile phones on charge overnight. Always unplug the chargers once the phone / tablet are fully charged
- Always buy replacement phone / tablet / e-cigarette chargers from reputable shops and not from the internet
- Always be careful when using candles or scented burners. Do not leave them unattended
- When using Fire Pits, ensure they are a safe distance away from the house and any other combustible structures /materials. Ensure you put them out with water before retiring to your home
- Always have an escape plan and make sure everyone in the household is aware of this plan
In the event of a fire, get everyone out and dial 999
Bonfire and Fireworks Safety
Due to the impact of COVID-19 and social distancing, many public events involving large gatherings are not taking place as planned. The SFRS want to ensure everyone remains safe and reminds anyone considering hosting an informal private firework event to consider the impact of fireworks on the wider community and emergency services by familiarising themselves with the Fireworks Code.
Deliberate Fire Setting - Refuse Fires
The SFRS is also raising awareness of deliberate fire-setting at this time, as bins may not be emptied as normal. Excess rubbish can be a tempting target, so please report any deliberate fire-setting to SFRS, as they take a zero-tolerance approach to fires started on purpose.
If you, or someone you know, is experiencing domestic abuse, help is available. To speak in confidence, you can call Scotland's Domestic Abuse 24 hr Helpline on 0800 027 1234.
If you feel someone is in immediate danger, call 999.
For more information on domestic abuse, how to get help and how to report it visit Safer.scot
AMIS is a Scottish charity who support men who are, or have experienced domestic abuse. You can call their free and confidential hotline on 0808 800 0024 from 9.00am - 4.00pm on weekdays, or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org.