SNP MSP supports more fire care at home

Decrease in fires caused by alcohol welcomed

An SNP MSP has urged homeowners to continue to take more care after statistics published today show alcohol continues to be a contributory factor in accidental house fires.

Angus MacDonald, SNP MSP for Falkirk East welcomed figures showing a decrease in the number of fires in the home thought to be caused by alcohol or drugs.

The Fire Statistics Scotland publication showed in 2010-11 there were 5,254 accidental house fires of which 16 per cent had alcohol and/or drugs as a suspected contributory factor – a 0.6 per cent decrease from 2009-10.

Angus MacDonald said:

“There is an improving awareness of the danger of fires in our homes which is to be commended.

“But alcohol and drugs continue to play a role in house fires which have a devastating effect on people’s lives.

“These statistics offer us an insight into the causes of fires in Scotland’s homes which enables us to address the problems identified.

“There has been a marked decrease in fire deaths for the past three years and the SNP Government is continuing to raise awareness of the underlying link between alcohol, drug use and house fires.

“Our campaign to target alcohol abuse is helping educate people on the dangers overconsumption has on people’s lives.

“But as we enter into the festive period I urge people to be extra vigilant and keep your homes safe.”

Copyright © Angus MacDonald MSP 2017

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