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Date Published : April 30th, 2013    Published By : admin

Three Fire Deaths Spark National Safety Campaign
09/08/13 Updated 18:54

A new national fire safety campaign has been launched in Scotland following the
deaths of three elderly women in separate house fires.

An elderly woman died in a fire at her home in Cowcaddens, Glasgow, on Saturday last and another fire took the life of a woman on the city's southside on Monday. A third woman died in a house blaze in Inverness on Tuesday.

Speaking at the launch of the campaign, Mr. Lewis Ramsey, Director of Fire Prevention with the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service said "We all need to do as much as we can to prevent tragedies like this occurring. We all know older people who are at risk. It could be a grandmother, aunt, friend or neighbor. Today I am asking Scotland to think about these people. If you, or someone you know, is at risk from fire, call us now.”

As part of the campaign, a new TV advert to be broadcast includes a firefighter's account of a fatal fire involving an elderly woman who lived alone. In the advert, watch commander Scott Davidson says: "One call for a home fire safety visit could have saved this elderly lady's life."

Mr Ramsay said: "Our firefighters will visit anyone at risk from fire at a time that suits, day or night. We'll help make sure their home is as safe as possible, get assistance from partners like health or housing if there is a need, and fit smoke alarms free of charge if required. But we need you to contact us. Tell us about someone at risk before it's too late."

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