Public urged to think about fireplace security over Christmas

THE public has been urged to think about fireplace security this Christmas by taking additional care with electrical home equipment of their properties.

The plea comes from Richard O’Donnell, boss of considered one of Scotland’s all-trades reinstatement firms Insurepair, after he was referred to as out to an unprecedented 5 fire-ravaged properties in at some point.

All of the properties, that are positioned within the Borders, had suffered vital harm, and can now be uninhabitable for months.

One of the properties affected by fire. The public are being urged to consider fire safety over the Christmas period.
One of many properties affected by fireplace.

The Edinburgh-based fireplace and flood restoration specialists have been working across the clock since final week’s incidents in Selkirk, Jedburgh and Hawick and for these affected, it’s a traumatic time.

“We would get a handful of directions per 30 days to properties which have been affected by fireplace however final week myself and my workforce of surveyors needed to go to 5 homes on the identical day which had all been badly broken,” stated Mr O’Donnell.

“We have been lucky to be awarded the reinstatement contracts for all 5 properties by the loss adjusting agency and the workforce is working extraordinarily onerous to get the properties again to their pre-incident circumstances.

“Fortunately no person was damage in these incidents however recovering from fireplace or flood harm is a hectic expertise for anybody and it may be heart-breaking to see properties so badly broken, particularly presently of 12 months.

“The festive interval is a particular time when households come collectively and revel in themselves, put up Christmas timber, lights and decorations.

“However when a fireplace breaks out, invariably it’s not only one room that’s affected.

“There may be extra likelihood of one thing going flawed presently of 12 months and having seen the upset and misery it causes, I’d ask everybody to be additional vigilant in terms of switching off the whole lot.”

From its headquarters in Edinburgh, Insurepair carries out insurance coverage repairs, renovations and property upkeep all through the Lothians, Fife, the Borders and central Scotland.

Privately owned, it’s accepted and accredited by main insurance coverage firms, loss adjusters and constructing restore networks all through the UK. Extra info may be discovered at