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Thursday 24 April 2014

Accident free festive season as people put safety first

PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS FOR FIRE SERVICES

NORTH Kerry Fire units didn't receive a single call out over the 10 days of the Christmas period as people become more safety conscious in their homes and on the roads.

Fire officers have described it as the quietest period they can ever remember as Christmas is usually the busiest time of the year for the unit.

The Listowel service has never before experienced a Christmas without at least a handful of callouts to domestic fires, car accidents and storm damage.

"We've never experienced anything like it before," Listowel Chief Fire Officer Paul O'Sullivan said. "We didn't get as much as a single call-out, not even a false alarm. It has been remarkable," he said.

"This is usually the busiest period of the year for us with so many people home and so much power being used in homes," he added

Increased road and fire safety awareness and continuing improvements to electrical appliances and fittings are believed to have played no small part in the quiet Christmas period for the service.

Ballybunion, meanwhile, was equally as quiet; the fire service in the coastal resort didn't receive a single call-out either.

"It has been remarkable," Fire Officer TJ McCarron said. "I suppose the weather hasn't been that harsh and I think people are becoming much more conscious of road safety as well."

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