The latest Scottish Fire and Rescue quarterly report for Midlothian was given to councillors at last week’s police and fire board meeting.
Overall for this period, October to December 2015, there was a reduction of accidental fires in the home, down from 45 during the same period in 2014 to 40 in 2015. During this same period, fire crews responded to 317 incidents in Midlothian, an increase of 14 incidents.
There were 281 home fire safety visits carried out and 94 smoke detectors were fitted within Midlothian. Of this total, 76 visits were carried out in premises deemed as being “high risk”.
Speaking at last week’s meeting, Dalkeith Fire Station manager Michael Jaffray was particularly happy with these preventative figures.
He said: “Our home fire safety visits are well ahead of target which is very pleasing to see. It’s moving away from fire safety to home safety, particularly targeting the elderly and vulnerable. Although alarms are important it’s the other information we give to people in their homes that’s absolutely vital.”
There were 74 deliberate fires during this reporting period, an increase of eight for the same period last year.
Of these fires, 81 per cent were “deliberate secondary fires” and involved mainly wheelie bins, loose refuse, woodland and scrubland.