07/01/2016

Rise In Number Of Accidental Fire Deaths

A total of 11 people were killed in accidental fires last year, up from eight in 2014, according to the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS).

There were 882 accidental fires in 2014 and 889 in 2015.

Alan Walmsley, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service said: "Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the 11 people who lost their lives in accidental house fires last year. For us, as a fire and rescue service, one accidental fire death is one too many and we want to reach a stage where we have no fatalities in Northern Ireland due to accidental houses fires. We remain steadfast in our commitment to achieving that.
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"By using our risk based approach and by working closely with various partner agencies in the health, social care and voluntary sectors, we are targeting those people who are most vulnerable from the risks of fire in the home and providing them with practical fire safety advice to support them. People aged over 65, people with mobility issues or a sensory impairment who also smoke are deemed higher risk to the dangers of fire and we will continue to work hard to identify and help those people.

"However, no-one is immune to the dangers of fire and no-one should become complacent about their own fire safety – it can happen to any of us. In 2016, through our own community engagement activities and with the support of the public we can reduce the number of accidental dwelling fires occurring. We all need to take personal responsibility for our own fire safety.

"By routinely completing a number of simple fire safety steps, you can drastically reduce the risk of a fire in your home this year and beyond."

(CD/LM)

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