Fire bosses hail 10% drop in Aberdeen house blazes

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Fire chiefs have hailed a 10% drop in accidental house blazes in Aberdeen.

A total of 261 accidental dwelling fires were reported to the fire and rescue service between April 2018 and March this year.

This is down from 299 during the same period in 2015/16.

The number of casualties affected by accidental dwelling fires has fallen from 51 to 35 during the same period, a drop of 35%.

It comes as the service revealed crews delivered 2,927 free home fire safety visits  across Aberdeen from April 2018 and March this year, an increase of 614 on the previous 12 months.

Bruce Farquharson, Aberdeen’s local senior officer, said: “There is a clear link between fire-related casualties and accidental dwelling fires.

“That is why we make such a concerted effort in the provision of home fire safety visits to ensure everyone has adequate fire detection in place.

“Our firefighters and staff continue to work tirelessly to ensure our communities stay safe in their homes, and cannot stress enough the importance of having a working smoke alarm.

“If fire breaks out, a smoke or heat alarm will give you valuable early warning to react and reach a place of safety. And, if you are sleeping, a working alarm could be absolutely vital.”