10/12/2019

NIFRS Issues Winter Safety Advice

The NI Fire and Rescue Service is urging the community to prioritise safety this festive period after six people lost their lives in accidental house fires last year.

Four of those fatalities occurred during the winter months, prompting fire chiefs to remind members of the pubic to mind their safety measures and look out for their neighbours and older members of their family who may be isolated.

A key safety measure is to ensure all homes have a working smoke alarm. Homes should also be checked for fire hazards such as candles, Christmas tree lights, portable heaters and overloaded sockets.

Anyone with concerns about a neighbour or friend's safety can refer them to the NIFRS for a free Home Fire Safety Check.
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Alan Walmsley, Assistant Chief Fire & Rescue Officer, said: "Also, if you hear a neighbour's smoke alarm going off, don't ignore it- go and check. If there's a fire, or if you can't be sure, ring 999 and ask for NIFRS.

"We want you to enjoy yourself over the coming weeks by following our fire safety advice and ensuring you're prepared for winter. By looking after your own safety, and the safety of those around you, you are not only helping to protect yourself and your loved ones from a range of fire and other emergencies, but you are also helping us as a Fire & Rescue Service. We are all 'Safer Together'."

Fire crews continually respond to a wide range of emergencies and are well-rehearsed in terms of contingency planning for any severe weather emergencies over the next couple of weeks.

The public are also encouraged to think about their own personal preparedness for the challenges that winter weather can bring.

Mr Walmsley added: "Please take extra care while driving as winter weather, combined with the dark evenings and the Christmas rush, heightens the dangers on our roads.

"Happy Christmas and stay safe in 2020."



(JG/CM)

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