Published Thursday, 03 January 2013
Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (© Pacemaker)
The Fire Service is urging people not to become complacent about fire safety habits now that 98% of households in the region have a smoke alarm fitted.
Group Commander Kevin O'Neill says alarms need to be tested every week to ensure they are working.
"That's the only way they can help save lives," he said.
"One death due to fire is one too many and we want to reach a stage where we have no fatalities in Northern Ireland due to accidental house fires and we remain unwavering in our commitment to that."
"No-one is immune to the danger of fire and fire does not discriminate - it can happen to anyone of us."
"Fire deaths and injuries cause a lifetime of pain and suffering, and in 2013 we will be continuing with our work to help reduce such tragedies," he added.
Local firefighters can carry out fire safety checks at residential properties as part of the Free Home Fire Safety Check scheme.
"Firefighters will check for appliances that could cause fire, help with any actions to avoid fire and most importantly ensure that your smoke alarm is working. If necessary we will fit a free smoke alarm for you," Commander O'Neill explained.
Home Fire Safety Check telephone: 028 9260 0477
"It could save you and your family's life."