Sunday, 7 July 2013
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
It's a tragic scenario that is sadly often repeated in Scotland - a classic case of 'if only'.
Fella goes out for a few beers at night and eventually staggers back home in the early hours, more than slightly the worse for wear. Having consumed several pints of ale, he feels decidedly peckish so decides to cook something to counter the hunger. A wee drop of oil in the frying pan, cooker at gas mark 3 and sit back for the oil to heat. Of course, the effects of the alcohol make this fella quite sleepy so while he's waiting he closes his eyes. Minutes later, his house is ablaze...
This is a familiar tale and what marks this as having tragic consequences is there is no smoke detector fitted in the house. The fire won't kill the inebriated occupant but the smoke surely will.
I read some startling statistics the other day. Every year the Fire and Rescue Service is called to over 800,000 fires which result in over 800 deaths and over 17,000 injuries.
About 50,000 (140 a day) of these are in the home and kill nearly 500 and injure over 11,000, many of which could have been prevented if people had an early warning and were able to get out in time. The startling statistic is that you are twice as likely to die in a house fire that has no smoke alarm than a house that does.
Buying a smoke detector could help save your home and the lives of you and your family. You can get a decent one for around the £15 mark - you can try this provider - but you can't put a price on life.
Something to think about next time you come back from the pub and put on some chips...