Fire prevention: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Published on 2 Jul 2013
This article originally appeared in Care Appointments magazine in their Webwatch section.

Fire can have a devastating effect on people's lives, yet most fires are preventable. In 2009, a report [1] from the Scotland's Fire and Rescue Services [2] highlighted the groups most at risk from fire:

  • Older people living alone
  • Those living alone
  • People with mental health issues such as dementia or cognitive impairment
  • Those who have a high dependency on alcohol or drugs
  • Smokers

People in these groups have often had contact with health and social care agencies, who can, therefore, play an important role by spotting the warning signs.

The Fire Service has a well established tradition of working with local communities and agencies to deliver safety messages in the fight against fire. As a result, the number of high risk occupiers receiving free Home Fire Safety Visits (HFSV) has been increasing. SFRS makes an assessment of the property to ensure that the householder is kept safe from the risk of fire. This can include fitting long-life smoke alarms free of charge.

The visits can be arranged to take place jointly with other agencies in order to reassure the householder and provide a co-ordinated approach. The service also works closely with telehealth / telecare providers.

HFSVs are easy to arrange:

Fill in an online form Home Fire Safety Visits. Call 0800 0731 999 or text 'check' to 61611.

For further information on how to make links with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, contact Watch Commander John Gray: or 0141 302 3313.

  • [1] Scotland together: A study examining fire deaths and injuries in Scotland
  • [2] The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was established on 1st April 2013, bringing together Scotland's previous eight Fire and Rescue Services.