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City residents urged to pay heed to fire safety


Aberdeen City Council is urging city residents to ensure working fire alarms are fitted in their homes.

The safety call coincides with a Grampian Fire and Rescue Service roadshow touring the North-east this month and a national campaign encouraging people to install smoke alarms.

All Aberdeen City Council homes are fitted with batttery smoke alarms and the authority is working on a 10 year programme to replace those with hard wired alarms with heat detectors.

Councillor Ramsay Milne, whose ward experienced the highest number of house fires in Grampian last year, said: "I'm very concerned that so many city residents appear to be at risk of having a fire at home and would urge everyone to take care, make sure they have a working smoke detector fitted and ensure they have a fire escape plan so they can get out of their homes should the worst happen.

"All council homes have been fitted with smoke detectors, but tenants and other householders need to make sure the batteries are replaced when necessary and that they regularly check these life-saving devices are working properly. Smoke detectors are cheap, easy to fit and really do save lives.

"A wide variety of smoke alarms, including some fitted with heat detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, are available from as little as 5 from supermarkets, DIY stores and other shops so there really is no excuse for not having them in your home."

Aberdeen City Council has been working with Grampian Fire and Rescue Service to promote free Home Fire Safety Visits, during which the fire service will fit smoke detectors free of charge in properties which don't already have them.

Grampian Fire and Rescue Service station manager Mike Cordiner said: "The fact that we experience house fires in all areas of the city means that everyone should take notice of our Home Fire Safety Visit campaign.

"People need to realise that if no detectors are fitted, or they are not working, smoke and fire can easily spread unnoticed and block your escape. The worst thing for me after a tragic fire is to discover the detectors have been disabled or removed because the alarm going off occasionally had been seen as a nuisance.

"If detectors have been fitted by the council or other housing provider, don't tamper with them, they are fitted for a reason – to help save your life. Anyone wishing to book a Home Fire Safety Visit, or looking for advice, can contact us on 01224 788758."

The Grampian Fire and Rescue Service roadshow will be in Tillydrone today [Friday, 16 November], next to the housing office.