SHANNON-based Ei Electronics has donated hundreds of smoke alarms to the Limerick City Fire and Rescue Service for distribution to Limerick homeowners.
The smoke alarms have been donated by the company as part of a €100,000 nationwide campaign to increase Fire Safety Awareness across the country.
Michael Guinee, managing director of Ei Electronics said that the company has been motivated to make this gesture following the recent release of statistics which show that between 40 and 50 people die in accidental house fires in Ireland every year.
“Ei Electronics, in making this donation of smoke alarms and hopes that the gesture will help the Chief Fire Officers Association 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,” he said.
Padraic Keely, assistant fire officer at Limerick fire station, Mulgrave Street thanked Ei Electronics for their efforts to increase awareness of fire safety.
“I want to make people aware that sadly, many fire fatalities could have been prevented and that in the majority of these incidents smoke alarms were either not present or not working,” he said adding that homeowners should be aware of the dangers of fire at their homes.
“A greater fire safety awareness is needed and I would urge people to exercise good fire prevention practices, fit smoke alarms and put in place a well rehearsed escape plan. Limerick City Council Fire and Rescue Service will be making these smoke alarms available to households that do not have smoke alarms installed, as part of ongoing fire prevention programmes,” he said.