MSPs expresses alarm at Borders domestic fire figures

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BERWICKSHIRE MSP John Lamont has expressed his serious concern at figures released this week which show that for that were reported in homes in the Lothian and Borders region last year, some 38 per cent did not have a smoke alarm present.

In another 13.6 per cent of fires tackled in the force area a smoke detector was present but did not work. This is above the average for Scotland which showed working fire alarms in over half of the incidents.

And Mr Lamont said that at a time when smoke alarms were cheap to buy and assistance offered for their installation, the statistics, enclosed in ‘Fire Statistics 2011-12,’ made for particularly worrying reading.

He commented: “These figures make worrying reading and remind us once again just how important it is to have a working smoke alarm present in every home in the Borders. It is shocking that in over 456 residential fires last year there was no smoke alarm present whatsoever.

“Many fires can be prevented if detected early and before they get out of control, and smoke alarms are a cheap and effective means of doing this. Not only do they greatly improve the safety of those living in the building, they also prevent the need to call the fire brigade out on such a regular basis.

“I would implore every resident in the Borders who hasn’t done so already to invest in installing a smoke alarm in their home.”