Fire Safety In Your Home


April 2019

New fire service campaign aims to extinguish white goods fires.
On 18th March the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is poised to launch a hard hitting new advert highlighting the dangers of white goods fires. 
The Service is driving this safety message as new statistics reveal that fire crews were called to 327 white goods fires during 2018. 
The cause of these fires included: Washing Machine – 121; Tumble Dryer – 111; Fridge / Freezer – 53; Dishwasher – 33; Washer / Dryer combined – five; Spin Dryer – four.
Deputy Chief Officer David McGown is the SFRS Director of Prevention & Protection. 
David McGown said:  “We have taken this step because the public needs to be aware of the potential dangers posed by the unsafe use of white goods. 
“People may not associate white goods such as washing machines and tumble dryers with fire but we responded to 327 white goods fires last year alone – that is why we are launching this campaign.
“We know that the Scottish public has a high awareness of the traditional causes of fire in the home.  Cooking, smoking and alcohol are all factors which have been deservedly highlighted. 
“But the risk of fire from white goods is also one which we all face.  This campaign sets out to highlight not only the risk of fire but simple steps you can take to significantly reduce that risk to yourself, your family and all that is important to you.”
DCO McGown added:  “These new figures show that house fires involving white goods happen every week.  Our message is clear. Use your white goods safely. Don’t risk it. If you’re out or asleep, it’s just not on.
“The SFRS is working closely with partners including Scottish Government, Safer Communities, Trading Standards Scotland and Electrical Safety First.   Together we have a common aim – to reduce the number and the impact of white goods fires.”
The campaign will see safety adverts and features appearing across press, radio and television in Scotland. 

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