Following a year in which the number of accidental dwelling fires increased, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to make home fire safety a priority in 2016.
In total, there were 882 accidental dwelling fires in 2014 and 889 in 2015. The number of people dying as a result of accidental fires also increased: from eight in 2014 to 11 in 2015.
"Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the 11 people who lost their lives in accidental house fires last year", NIFRS Assistant Chief Fire Officer Alan Walmsley told Derry Now. "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.
"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", Walmsley added. "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".
For more information, contact your local fire station, or visit www.facebook.com/firekills.
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