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Safety and Protection

Smoke Alarms

 

Community Smoke Alarm Scheme 2011/12

Louth County Council has announced the roll out of its Community Smoke Alarm Scheme 2011/12. The cost of purchasing the alarm is funded by the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government while all other costs are funded locally.

The importance of having a working smoke detector fitted cannot be over emphasised. Most deaths caused by house fires can be prevented if a working smoke alarm is installed. On average 46 people die in fires nationally each year. Statistics show that 20% of households do not have a working smoke alarm installed. Smoke alarms can save lives.

Under the Scheme, Louth Local Authorities, with the assistance of the voluntary sector, identify vulnerable households, including the elderly and people with disabilities, where no smoke alarms are fitted. The local authority arranges for the supply and where necessary the local community and voluntary group will arrange the installation of two ten-year self-contained smoke alarms.

The scheme is facilitated by the Social Inclusion Unit with the assistance of the Fire Departments of Louth Local Authorities. Additional funding has also been secured for a limited number of smoke alarms designed specifically for deaf and hard of hearing. A needs assessment will be carried out by DeafHear Dundalk prior to allocation of these alarms. (All deaf / hard of hearing alarms have now been allocated).

Louth County Council acknowledges the support and assistance given by the Community and Voluntary sector in identifying the households and in the installation of the alarms. It is expected that over 200 households will avail of the scheme.

Community & Voluntary Groups who wish to nominate households they feel should be considered under this scheme, can obtain full particulars for scheme from:

County Development Board Secretariat
Louth County Council
County Hall
Dundalk
Co. Louth

 

 

Priority is given to those most in need given the household circumstances and their geographical distances from the nearest fire station. The voluntary groups/volunteers are required to install these alarms and confirm in writing to Louth County Council that they have been installed. All unused alarms must be returned to Louth County Council.

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