Free home fire safety visit could save your life

Roddy Shaw, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue's senior officer on Bute, with Port Bannatyne resident Helen Whiteside, whose home is one of more than three hundred on Bute to have received a free home fire safety visit.
Roddy Shaw, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue's senior officer on Bute, with Port Bannatyne resident Helen Whiteside, whose home is one of more than three hundred on Bute to have received a free home fire safety visit.

Firefighters on Bute are giving their full backing to a campaign encouraging island residents to sign up for a free home fire safety visit.

Around three hundred properties on Bute have been visited by Strathclyde Fire and Rescue personnel, who will call and see you at no charge and carry out a survey of your home to see how well protected you are against fire.

Roddy Shaw, the service’s senior officer on Bute, said: “We’ll only visit a person’s home with their permission - we don’t make ‘cold calls’ or anything like that.

“We have a checklist in which we look for things like trailing cables, any household appliances which aren’t in good condition, how easy it is to get in to and out of the flat and so on, as well as the number of smoke alarms and whether they are working.

“Each property is given a final points rating, based on the answers in the checklist, which determines whether it’s high, medium or low risk and what action needs to be taken and how soon.”

To arrange for a free home fire safety visit at your property, simply call Strathclyde Fire and Rescue on 0800 0731 999, text ‘Check’ to 61611 from your mobile phone or click on the link to the right of this article.