Smoke is real killer in blazes
SMOKE inhalation -- not burns -- kills most of the 46 people who die in house fires every year.
Launching National Fire Safety Week yesterday, Housing Minister Michael Finneran said education and awareness could have prevented many of these deaths.
A new advertising campaign will run north and south of the Border with the theme 'Smoke Alarms and Escape Plans Save Lives'.
Stressing the need to have working smoke alarms, he warned there were still homes that did not have any.
The minister said: "A routine fire safety check only takes a few minutes but could mean the difference between life and death. Have a fire escape plan, teach it to your family and practise it regularly."
Family members, relatives and friends of the elderly are urged to be mindful of the dangers of open fires if they are used this winter.
For more details, visit www.firesafetyweek.ie