Smoke alarms will save lives, says fire officer

The donation of over 100 smoke alarms to the South Tipperary fire service can save lives, according to Chief Fire Office Tadgh O’Driscoll.

The donation of over 100 smoke alarms to the South Tipperary fire service can save lives, according to Chief Fire Office Tadgh O’Driscoll.

He has urged homeowners to install alarms and always put fire safety first.

Ei Electronics, Shannon, Europe’s leading manufacturer of Fire & Gas Detection products, is supporting the recent call by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) for greater Fire Safety Awareness, by donating smoke alarms to the value of €100,000 to the Local Authorities Fire Services throughout Ireland. The Fire Services will in turn make these alarms available to households that do not have smoke alarms installed, as part of ongoing fire prevention programmes.

Ei Electronics was established in 1988 and is a 100% Irish owned Company, and an acknowledged market leader in Residential Fire and Carbon Monoxide Detection Products and one of Ireland’s largest indigenous electronics companies. The company employs over 400 people and 95% of the Company’s sales are into export markets, mainly in Europe.

Michael Guinee, Managing Director of Ei Electronics said that the company has been motivated to make this gesture following the CFOA’s 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 and as many as 300,000 homes do not have smoke alarms installed.

Tom Meehan from Ei Electronics recently handed over 100 alarms to South Tipperary Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer Tadhg O’Driscoll in Clonmel.

Mr. O’Driscoll stated that “sadly, many fire 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. O’Driscoll called for greater fire safety awareness and urged people to exercise good fire prevention practices, fit smoke alarms and 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 South 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”.