Government fire statistics have revealed that the EH6 and EH7 postcode areas have been hit by more than 70 house fires in the last year.
Only 14 postcode areas in the whole of Scotland – including the EH6 and EH7 postcode areas – were recorded with similarly high domestic fire rates.
In total, 5 of these 14 fire hot spot areas were covered by the Lothians Fire and Rescue teams.
Looking at statistics that compare Edinburgh to other places in Scotland, it turns out that Edinburgh has the highest numbers of casualties per 100,000 population (45.8) when it comes to “dwelling fires.” Overall, there were 745 dwelling fires in the Edinburgh council area last year.
The hot spot statistics have been released in order to encourage everyone to take up the offer of a free fire home safety visit, where Fire and Rescue Service staff will install a free smoke alarm in your house if you need it.
You can sign up for your free visit at this website: dontgivefireahome.org/
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Deputy Chief Officer Alex Clark said:
“Historically as we go into the winter months we see a rise in the number of accidental dwelling fires. This can be for a number of reasons from people spending more time in their homes to an increased reliance on electrical products like heaters, tumble dyers and electric blankets and the use of log and coal burning fires.
“If you smoke or drink at home this also raises your risk of a fire and we would remind you to be extra vigilant. If you’ve been drinking, avoid cooking. It’s a common cause of accidental house fires and your ability to respond in an emergency will be impaired by alcohol.
“I would urge people to take the time to think about their fire safety in the home and take up the opportunity of a free home safety visit from the fire and rescue service. It could save your life one day.”