Mr Dave Carroll, Chief Fire Officer North Tipperary County Council has welcomed the decision by Ei Electronics, Shannon, Europe’s leading manufacturer of Fire & Gas Detection products, to support North Tipperary Fire & Rescue Service in their call for greater Fire Safety Awareness, by donating 100 smoke alarms. North Tipperary Fire & Rescue Service will in turn make these alarms available to households that do not have smoke alarms installed.
Michael Guinee, Managing Director of Ei Electronics said that the Company has been motivated to make this gesture following the Chief Fire Officer’s Association release of some alarming statistics relating to accidental fire fatalities in the home:-
• 40-50 people have died in accidental house fires every year over the past 20 years.
• 18 people died in house fires between December 2010 and January 2011.
As many as 300,000 homes do not have smoke alarms installed.
Reacting to these statistics, Mr. David Carroll, Chief Fire Officer North Tipperary stated “sadly, many of these fatalities could have been prevented” and he noted that in the majority of these tragic incidents “smoke alarms were either not present or not working”. Mr. Carroll called for greater fire safety awareness and urged people to follow a 3 point guideline:-
• Exercise good Fire Prevention practices.
• Fit Smoke Alarms.
• Put in place a well rehearsed Escape Plan.
Mr. Guinee stated “Ei Electronics, in making this donation of smoke alarms, hopes that the gesture will help the North Tipperary Fire & Rescue Service in raising the public awareness of the risk of fire in the home and result in a reduction in these unnecessary tragedies in the future”.
The photo shows Mr Tom Meehan Technical Sales Mgr Irl, Ei Electronics Ltd presenting the smoke alarms to Dave Carroll, Chief Fire Officer, North Tipperary County Council.