Following two fatal house fires on South Uist last month, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is inviting members of the community to meet with firefighters and find out how to stay safe within the home.
Tragedy struck twice on South Uist last month with an elderly woman and on older man dying in separate incidents after fires broke out in their homes at Garrynamonie and Kildonan.
In order to hopefully prevent future tragedies from occurring, members of the community can access advice on how to act in the event of an emergency and how to make their homes safer at an event hosted by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service this month.
Scheduled to take place at Southend Community Hall, Daliburgh, on Tuesday 7th March from 10am to 4pm, the event is open to everyone. Firefighters are particularly keen to support the most vulnerable to stay safe at home.
Local Senior Officer Fraser Burr said: “We want to support our communities to reduce risk from arising in the first place as we are all too aware of the devastating consequences of fire.
“Recently the South Uist community has very suffered two very tragic losses. My thoughts and those of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are very firmly with their families, their friends and the wider community as well as our own local firefighters at this very difficult time.
“We all need to do as much as we can to prevent tragedies like this from occurring and I would encourage everyone to come and meet with us to find out how we can support them to stay safe.”
Firefighters are available to visit householders to provide free Home Fire Safety Visits.
They will look out for potential risks and provide advice on what to do in the event of an emergency. They will also check or install smoke detectors, which can provide vital early warning.
Fraser Burr continued: “At this upcoming drop-in event we will offer guidance and advice on what to do in the event of an emergency.
“We will also arrange a Home Fire Safety Visit that will allow us to check and install smoke detectors, which are key to providing early warning.
“We will help make sure your home is as safe as possible, get assistance from partners if there is a need, and fit smoke alarms free of charge if required.
“We want to support our entire community but we all know older or vulnerable people who could be at risk – it could be a grandmother, an aunt, or even a friend or neighbour. If you, or someone you know, is at risk from fire, please get in touch with us.”
To arrange a free Home Fire Safety visit contact the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service on the freephone number 0800 073 1999, by texting ‘FIRE’ to 80800 or by filling in a form at www.firescotland.gov.uk.