The number of fire related injuries have fallen by 50 per cent across North Ayrshire, latest figures show.
A total of 18 people received treatment, mainly for smoke inhalation, between April and December last year.
This is compared to 34 casualties over the same period the previous year.
And there has been a significant fall in accidental dwelling fires across the area.
There were 119 accidental house fires with the majority, or 72 per cent, linked to cooking and only 14 per cent required firefighting intervention.
Over the same period the previous year, accidental house fires totaled 125.
Meanwhile, dedicated firefighters visited more than 1300 homes across North Ayrshire to help residents stay safe.
The latest figures were revealed by Local Senior Officer James Scott in a report to the Police, Fire and Rescue Committee earlier today, Monday 6, February.
LSO Scott said: ““There is a clear link between fire-related casualties and accidental dwelling fires and that is why we make such a concerted effort in the provision of the Free Home Fire Safety Visits – to reduce the impact of fire within the home and the potential for injury.
“We continue to work with residents and partners to prevent fires from occurring in the first place - and to keep our communities as safe as possible.”
During the 1,300 home fire safety visits carried out between April to December last year, firefighters shared advice with residents to help them recognise risks, have smoke alarms checked and find out what to do in the event of a fire.
Over 25 per cent of those Home Fire Safety Visits were carried out at the homes of some of the most vulnerable people in need of assistance.
LSO Scott said: “We always prefer to prevent fires, not fight fires.
“We pursue every possible method of prevention and one of those key methods is our Home Fire Safety Visits - as we can ensure that properties are fitted with a working smoke alarm, and that householders know exactly what to do should a fire ever occur.
“We will keep building on our work with community planning partners to ensure that we continue to support those who are in greatest need of assistance.
“I would encourage our communities to get in touch if they are in need of a visit from our officers.”
To arrange a free Home Fire Safety visit contact SFRS on the freephone number 0800 073 1999, by texting ‘FIRE’ to 80800 or by filling in a form at www.firescotland.gov.uk
Deliberate fires, which were mainly due to rubbish and refuse, increased from 424 to 556 – a rise of 31.1 per cent.
LSO Scott said: “These types of fires are often linked to anti-social behaviour within our communities and reducing the number of fires and this type of behaviour is an ongoing priority.
“Whilst we always have the resources needed to respond to any emergency, having to attend needless incidents can delay crews who may be needed elsewhere.
“Deliberate fires have the potential to cause harm, threaten properties, damage the environment and disrupt the community.
“We would ask the public to be vigilant and to report any sign of fire raising activity to the police. To those responsible, we would urge them to consider the impact their reckless actions might have.”