Community groups and emergency services have been working together to make Largs a safer place by rolling-out carbon monoxide alarms in people's homes, which will 'help save lives'.

Largs Dementia Friendly Group have joined forces with Fire and Rescue, and First Responder volunteers, in installing carbon monoxide detectors, and locking cooker valves.

John Logan, Crew Commander of Largs Fire and Rescue, said: "This is a great initiative to be part of, working alongside Largs First Responders and Dementia Friendly Largs and District to identify and assist members of our local community who are most at risk.

"Distributing and installing carbon monoxide detectors and signposting to Gas Distribution Network (SGN) to have locking cooker calves installed is a great way of making our community safer.

Robbie Stevenson, chair of the Dementia Friendly Largs and District, said: "We are delighted to be partnering with emergency services within Largs to promote the identification of residents that will benefit from the installation.

"Having recently updated the content of our information booklet 'A Helping Hand' on local and national advice for family members or carers for someone living with dementia, we were grateful for the support of SGN for their sponsorship. 

"Following which SGN have now donated 50 carbon monoxide alarms for installation within the Largs area.

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"With the support of Largs First Responders and fire service we will be able to identify suitable candidates not only for the alarms but also referral to SGN for the install of a locking cooker valve - a simple lock that is installedwhich makes gas appliances such as cookers and fires capable of being independently shut off with the key being safely held by family member or carer when the appliance is not intended to be in use.

"Both services are also holding a supply of emergency help tubs and helping hand information booklets which they will distributed throughout the Largs area and will add to the increase in safety and well being of local residents 

Thom Willamson, of Largs First Responders, said: "Largs First Responders are delighted to be working in conjunction with Dementia Friendly Largs & District, Scottish Fire Brigade and Police Scotland to promote this very worthwhile initiative.

"Ensuring that people are safe in their own homes is fundamental to the mission of the Scottish Ambulance Service Community First Responders.

"Identifying vulnerable people and providing the addition of life savings detectors is invaluable and Largs First Responders are proud to support this amazing project."