NIFRS issue Fire Safety plea to students

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Thursday, September 13th, 2012
Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) is urging students getting ready for the start of the new university and college terms to be aware of the dangers of fire. Students are being reminded to keep fire safe in their shared or rented accommodation by always ensuring they have a working smoke alarm fitted and by following basic fire safety advice. Alan Hamill, Group Commander, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service explained: “Young people living away from home for the first time can get caught up in the excitement of student life and may not necessarily think about fire safety. I am urging all students to take some time to think about fire safety and to take personal responsibility for protecting themselves and their housemates from the dangers of fire.” “Ensure that all smoke alarms provided are in working order and tested once a week. This will alert you and your housemates to the earliest stage of a fire giving you vital extra time to escape. Follow a good fire safe bedtime routine and take some time to agree a fire escape plan to ensure everyone is clear what to do in the event of an emergency.” He added, “We are particularly keen to discourage students from cooking when returning home after a night out. More fires start in the kitchen than in any other room in the house and cooking whilst under the influence of alcohol puts you and your housemates too at a higher risk from fire.” “Firefighters will be visiting university and college campuses over the coming weeks to provide fire safety advice, leaflets and information. Students will be encouraged to avail of our free Home Fire Safety Checks enabling local Firefighters to check their accommodation to help make it fire safe. Students can request a free home fire safety check for additional fire safety advice. You can request a free home fire safety check by calling 028 9260 0477 or logging onto for further fire safety advice.
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