6 April 2021
By Mary Bermingham
Home Fire Safety Information packs are currently being distributed throughout Cork County by Cork County Council’s Fire Service, with the assistance of the HSE Home Support Service, Meals on Wheels and An Garda Síochána.
Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, Cork County Council’s Fire Service has been unable to deliver its normal programme of fire safety talks and activities to community and voluntary groups throughout the county. This new initiative is intended to provide vital fire safety information to vulnerable and at-risk householders who have been unable to participate in their regular local community-based activities.
Welcoming the initiative, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley said,
“Older people and persons with mobility, visual or hearing impairment all face higher risks when it comes to fires in the home. This risk can be exacerbated by isolation, so this new initiative from Cork County Council Fire Service is very welcome. A huge thanks is due also to members of the HSE Home Support Service, Meals on Wheels and An Garda Síochána for their assistance in the distribution of these information packs.”
The Fire Safety Information packs contain Fire Safety in the Home leaflets, a fire safety checklist, a carbon monoxide leaflet, a fridge magnet where the Eircode can be noted and a pen.
Seamus Coughlan, Chief Fire Officer at Cork County Council’s Fire Service, added:
“With this initiative we aim to specifically target householders considered most at risk with some very important information and advice. It is important to ensure that while persons are adhering to the current public health restrictions that Cork County Council’s Fire Service can continue to promote fire safety in the home and support our communities as much as possible.”
If you are a member of a community or voluntary organisation and would like to receive some of these packs for distribution please email firstname.lastname@example.org.