People urged to ensure they have a working smoke alarm

People across the Shannonside/Nothern Sound region are being urged to check to see if their older neighbours or relatives have a working smoke alarm.

Fire Safety Week continues until Monday and this year’s theme is ‘Safer Together’.

People are asked to observe STOP – get at least one smoke alarm, test it, check for obvious fire hazards and plan your escape route.

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Longford Senior Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Austin Concannon, says the statistics are surprising.