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.

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