NI households urged to stay Fire Safe this Christmas

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Friday, December 18th, 2015
Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service is urging homeowners across Northern Ireland to stay Fire Safe and Winter Ready during the festive period. nifrs21During the Christmas period last year (19th December 2014 – 6th January 2015), 37 people were injured in accidental house fires compared to 28 people injured during the previous year. Fire Crews responded to 1,402 emergency incidents compared to 1,505 incidents and attended 62 accidental house fires across Northern Ireland, compare to 47 accidental house fires in the previous year. Firefighters were able to rescue 12 people during these incidents but tragically one person lost their life last year. Alan Walmsley, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said, “Christmas should be a time to increase vigilance with the increase number of fire hazards in the home at this time of year. “The festive season is traditionally a busy period for Firefighters, but we are well prepared to handle a wide range of emergencies to protect the local community. It is essential that everyone is aware of the precautions to take to stay fire safe. He added, “Make sure that all Christmas lights conform to the British Standard and are turned off when leaving home. Never overload plug sockets and remember that a candle is a naked flame, so don’t leave them burning unattended or near decorations. As most fires start in the kitchen, make sure the cooker is never left unattended.”
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