Louth Fire & Rescue Services are reminding householders and landlords in the county to ensure they have fitted an adequate number of working smoke and heat alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
The call comes as Louth County Council adopts a new policy aimed at reducing the number of house fires in the county each year. Some 300 house fires were dealt with in Louth over the last five years, giving rise to ten deaths.
Sheila Broderick, Senior Asst Chief Fire Officer, Louth, said: “There is a responsibility on all of us to reduce the risk of fires in our home and one of the best defences we have is early detection of smoke or heat.
“Working alarms that meet good safety standards are vital and particularly so in a fire at night when sleep lowers our natural defences.
“If you are unfortunate enough to have a house fire, there will be a huge difference in the outcome in terms of injuries and damage to property if you are alerted early by a working smoke or heat detector and have time to get out and call the emergency services before the fire burns out of control.”