Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is calling on householders to think about fire safety and give fire the cold shoulder this winter.
The service wants people to Join Scotland’s Fight Against Fire and is appealing to the public to stay safe this winter by taking the necessary steps to protect their families, homes, customers and communities.
Winter weather results in an increase in activity for the SFRS due to road traffic collisions on icy roads, flooding and fire.
Winter weather also means people spend more time at home. Combined with increased use of heating and electrical appliances plus higher alcohol consumption during the festive season, there are more house fires in December and January than at any other time of year.
Local Senior Officer for Dundee, Perth & Kinross and Angus, Dave Stapley, said: “Historically we see a rise in emergency calls due to winter weather. I would like to urge the public to take action now and be prepared for whatever hazards might come in the next few weeks.
“There is lots of advice online about staying safe throughout the season for the public and businesses at www.readyscotland.org. If you or someone you know may be at risk from fire, please get in touch now and arrange a free Home Fire Safety Visit by calling 0800 0731 999 or visiting www.firescotland.gov.uk/winter
“This winter we will work closely with local communities and partner agencies to keep communities across Tayside 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.
He added: “Winter weather also brings unexpected and dangerous conditions to our roads. It’s important to ensure that your vehicle is serviced, well maintained and that drivers take the necessary precautions when driving in bad weather.”
Further information about staying safe on the roads is available from www.roadsafetyscotland.org.uk.”