Stay safe and install a smoke alarm, fire chief urges

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Help save a life and install a smoke alarm - that’s the message from fire chiefs after the device potentially saved a woman during a blaze.

Crews were recently called to a house in Bishopbriggs in the early hours of the morning. The occupier had been alerted by her smoke alarm and discovered a fire in a downstairs room.

The woman called the fire service and immediately left the house to wait on them arriving.

Firefighters carry out Home Fire Safety visits free of charge, which includes fitting smoke alarms, and they are encouraging residents to take up the offer.

Graham Elliott, watch commander at Bishopbriggs Fire Station, said: “It was quite lucky as the item that was on fire melted and didn’t catch on to anything else in the room.

“The woman had a smoke alarm, which potentially saved her life.

“We’re always saying to people to make sure they have smoke alarms. In this case there was one and it was a good result.”

To request a Home Fire Safety Visit, contact Bishopbriggs Fire Station on 0141 772 2222 or Kirkintilloch on 0141 776 6263.

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