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Firefighters across Scotland are visiting vulnerable and elderly people this week to give advice that could save lives.

It's part of a nationwide week of action, launched after a high number of deaths from fires this year, as well as new risks around the home.

Hannah McNulty reports.

Fire safety tips for your home

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Fire crews in the Borders have been speaking to homeowners to offer fire prevention advice.

They are offering free home fire safety visits to residents throughout the region.

It's part of a week of action by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service following a number of house fire fatalities.

The fire service's website offers information to help you keep your home safe:

  • Make sure your home has a working smoke alarm on each level of the property
  • Close all the doors in your house at night: this slows down the spread of smoke and flames
  • Never leave a cooker unattended while in use
  • Make sure candles are kept away from curtains and are never left unsupervised

For more fire safety tips, click here.

To book a free home fire safety visit, click here.

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'Week of action' following fatal fires

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Fire crews in Scotland have launched a week of action following a number of house fire fatalities.

Thirty-one people have died so far this year.

Crews in Galashiels in the Borders say the are particularly keen to speak to elderly and vulnerable homeowners to offer fire prevention advice.

Fire crews tackle Gretna farm blaze

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have been called out to a farm fire in Gretna.

Fire crews from Gretna, Annan and Longtown attended the blaze at 4:05am this morning. They were faced with a developing fire within an industrial farm building. The Incident Commander immediately assessed the situation and due to the size of the blaze requested additional resources; resulting in two other fire appliances being mobilised to the scene from Annan and Langholm Community Fire Stations.

Fire-fighters, wearing breathing apparatus sets, are still continuing to tackle the blaze using a number of main firefighting water jets, capable of projecting water a considerable distance.

Fire and rescue service crews are working alongside colleagues from Police Scotland to bring the situation to a safe conclusion and it is estimated they will remain in attendance for some considerable time.

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Woman found with serious burn injuries in Selkirk

Police close Hillside Terrace in Selkirk Credit: ITV Border News

A woman has been taken to hospital with serious burn injuries after being found in Selkirk this morning.

Police Scotland closed the A7 for an hour to allow access for emergency vehicles.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Police in the Scottish Borders responded to an incident in Selkirk at around 7.20am on Wednesday 18th March where a woman was found with serious burn injuries in Hillside Terrace.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Scottish Ambulance Service were also in attendance and the woman was taken to Borders General Hospital where she is currently in a critical condition.

Enquiries into the full circumstances surrounding this matter are ongoing".

Farmhouse fire in Dumfries and Galloway

The farmhouse where the fire occurred last night Credit: ITV Border

Firefighters rescued two pet dogs and saved a farmhouse from being engulfed by flames in Dumfries and Galloway last night.

A man and a girl suffering from the effects of smoke were also treated with oxygen therapy at the scene, before being taken to hospital for precautionary check-ups.

Crews from Annan were sent to the incident in Kirtlebridge in response to a 999 call that was made shortly before 8:30pm.

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