Alcohol and drugs a bigger
cause of fires than smoking

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Drugs and alcohol were thought to be a factor in twice as many house fires as smoking last year, figures show.

The Scottish Government and fire service chiefs have warned people not to cook while inebriated amid figures showing that alcohol and drugs were a factor in one in six house fires.

Smoking materials were a factor in around one in 12 house fires, according to figures released ahead of their joint festive fire prevention campaign.

Winter usually sees a rise in accidental house fires through appliances like heaters, tumble driers and electric blankets, or log and coal burning fires.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service deputy chief officer Alex Clark said: “If you smoke or drink at home this raises your risk of a fire, and we would remind you to be extra vigilant. If you’ve been drinking, avoid cooking.”

The government also released a map revealing Scotland’s “hottest postcodes”, which shows that built-up areas like Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee were the hardest hit by fires last year.