More than 500 accidental house fires were recorded across Scotland during last year’s festive season.

The latest statistics revealed yesterday, Monday, December 9 show that hundreds of Scottish homes were affected by fire over the festive period in 2018.

Figures show the extent of seasonal dwelling fires responded to by firefighters, with a total of 509 incidents recorded between December 10 and January 14.

The numbers further revealed that of the 91 people who sadly became a casualty of these fires, 37 were aged 60 or over – more than 40 per cent.

The festive period is traditionally one of the busiest times of year for SFRS and its partners – with the increase in accidental house fires during the period typically caused by a higher use of heating and electrical appliances - as well as higher alcohol consumption, decorations and the traditional use of candles also playing a role.

The hard-hitting numbers were highlighted as the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service launched its winter safety campaign

If you, or someone you know, is vulnerable or may be at risk from fire please get in touch and arrange a free home fire safety visit by calling 0800 0731 999.