All those who live in the Borders countryside are being urged by NFU Scotland to take up the offer of a free home fire safety check this winter.
For those living in farmhouses or cottages, it can take fire fighters longer to reach rural properties than those in urban areas.
NFU Scotland is supporting the message from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service that those in rural areas should take extra precautions. It recommends taking up the Service’s offer of a free Home Fire Safety visit.
The free safety checks are carried out by fire fighters and take only 20 minutes to complete.
To book your free home fire safety for you, or for someone you know, contact Scotland Fire and Rescue on 0800 0731 999; Text ‘FIRE’ to 80800 or visit www.firescotland.gov.uk