Firefighters spread safety message

A fire demonstration
A fire demonstration

The number of chip pan fires in the Central Scotland Fire and Rescue area increased last year – but are still well below the Scottish average.

The number of fires caused by chip or hot food pans was up two per cent from 2010 figures to seven per cent, below the average of 10.4 per cent.

Gordon Price, of the service’s community safety team thinks the work the fire service does with the public goes to help keep the figures down.

He said: “Officers do incredible work, with home safety visits warning about the dangers of chip pan fires and our mobile fire prevention unit which allows the public to see just how quickly a fire can take hold in the home.

“Although the figures are positive, higher figures in other parts of the country are worrying and we will be working with other agencies to determine how we can stop the high figures moving to our area.”