THE Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging people to make fire safety a priority and is offering free home inspections to householders in the Newtownabbey area.
Kevin O’Neill, Group Commander, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said: “In 2012 tragically 13 people lost their lives in accidental fires in the home. One death due to fire is one too many and we want to reach a stage where we have no fatalities in Northern Ireland due to accidental house fires and we remain unwavering in our commitment to that.
“We want to remind those people who may have become complacent about fire safety habits to make this a priority in 2013. 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.”
He added: “Fit a fire alarm, test it regularly and ensure you have an escape plan should a fire break out in your home - that will provide you and your family with an early warning and give you the best possible chance to escape.
“We offer a free home fire safety check, where local firefighters will visit your home to carry out a fire safety check. Firefighters will check for appliances that could cause fire, help with any actions to avoid fire and most importantly ensure that your smoke alarm is working. If necessary we will fit a free smoke alarm for you.”
To arrange a free home fire safety check call 9260 0477, Text phone/Minicom 9262 8800 or go to www.nifrs.org for further information.