PREVENTING a fire is always preferable to fighting one and Strathclyde Fire & Rescue have many methods of helping ensure safety.
The initiative in the South Side with speechless DVDs to help people whose first language is not English is another example of this.
There are lessons to be learned from every incident which is how this scheme came about and will hopefully save lives in the future.
Fire safety is essential knowledge for everyone and householders need to know how to keep their home safe and also how to escape in the event of a fire.
Free advice is available from your local Fire Station as well as information and help with smoke alarms and preparing a fire escape plan for your home.
Get in touch with your local station if you need assistance as the firefighters would much rather visit in those circumstances than in the middle of the night with a ladder and hoses.
We all have a duty to prevent fire and with so many tenement properties and homes that adjoin another, for most of us our safety is inextricably linked with that of our neighbours.
Strathclyde Fire & Rescue are trying to cover all eventualities and reach as many groups as possible, but fire doesn't discriminate, so everyone should ensure we don't give it a chance.