Residents receive free fire blankets

After a very successful Fire Blanket Project through which residents, aged 60 and over, in 250 homes throughout the Western Isles received a free fire blanket, on request, from The Energy Advisory Service (TEAS). 

TEAS worked in partnership with Age Scotland and Comhnairle Nan Eilean Siar who both funded the project through Western Isles Home Safety, and Western Isles Fire Protection Ltd supplied the blankets.

There has been an increase in the incidence of house fires in the islands over a period of years.  This project looked at improving this situation and to assist older people in particular and installing fire blankets was considered an effective solution.  These blankets can be used to smother fires, but can also be wrapped around the body to protect the person whilst escaping. 

After a number of promotional events on the radio and in newspapers the enquiries came flooding through. We then started to distribute the fire blankets to the clients, with a number of clients saying they felt safer and more comfortable in their homes with the fire blankets.

Pictured are Dan Morrison from TEAS and Mark Robb from Western Isles Fire Protection handing over a free fire blanket and an Age Scotland calendar to John O’Connor.

The second photo is of (L-R): Donnie Macdonald, Home Safety Officer; Marjory D’Arcy, Trustee, Age Scotland; Jo Cowan, Development Officer, Age Scotland; Iain Morrison, IT Energy Solutions Network Officer, TEAS.