Firefighters in Scotland are calling on the public to help prevent deaths in the home by checking in on vulnerable residents.
People who are over 50 and smoke, who also either live alone, have mobility issues or are using medical oxygen, have been identified as being at particular risk from domestic fires.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is addressing the issue with its Make The Call campaign.
If you are concerned for the safety of a vulnerable neighbour, patient, friend or family member you can put them in touch with the SFRS using the free Home Fire Safety Visit phoneline.
The SFRS will help sort out a fire escape plan and provide information about smoke, heat and carbon monoxide alarms.
To get in touch with them:
- Call 0800 0731 999
- Text "FIRE" to 80800
- Complete this online form
- Call your local fire station
- Visit the SFRS website.
Stuart Stevens, Assistant Chief Officer at the SFRS, said: “There has been a rise in the number of people who have died because of fires in the home, and while such increases are not unprecedented, we must reach out now to prevent further tragedy.”