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Significant drop in fire fatalities in 2012

As part of Fire Safety Week 2012, the fire service are urging people to remain fire safety conscious.
Oct 1st 2012, 6:09 PM 4,139 12

NEW FIGURES FROM the Irish Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) show a significant reduction in the number of deaths from fires in Ireland so far this year.

Some 17 fire fatalities were recorded during the first nine months of 2012 compared to 30 for the corresponding period last year.

The figures were released today to coincide with the launch of Fire Safety Week.

Speaking at the launch today, CFOA Chairperson Seamus Murphy welcomed the fall in deaths but said “one life lost remains one life too many”.

“Sadly, many of the fatalities that have occurred this year could have been prevented,” he said. “These tragic incidents serve as a stark reminder to us all of the importance of installing working smoke alarms and the need to have an escape plan should it become necessary to evacuate.”

Murphy said it is vital that people ensure their smoke alarms are in good working order and that families know what to do if a smoke alarm activates.

During Fire Safety Week, fire services throughout the country will be highlighting the importance of testing your smoke alarms regularly and having escape routes planned. They will also be requesting schools undertake fire drills during the week.

Firefighter demonstrating the dangers of a chip pan fire at the Dublin Firefighter Brigade training centre in Marino, Dublin. (Image: Trevor Hunt)

Fire Safety Week messages:

  • Install smoke alarms in your home to give you an early warning, check your smoke alarm at least twice a year & Use long life lithium batteries with your smoke alarm if possible
  • Close all your doors at night and check that electrical appliances are switched off.
  • Avoid overloading electrical sockets
  • Use an effective spark guard with open fires
  • Clean your chimneys twice a year
  • Keep a fire extinguisher and/or fire blanket nearby and know how to use them
  • Use electric blankets sensibly – Follow the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Make sure cigarettes are extinguished properly – Avoid smoking in bed
  • In the event of a fire in your home get out, stay out and call the fire brigade out

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