Fire danger decreasing, figures reveal

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NORTH Tynesiders are now safer than ever from fire, according to statistics released by firefighters in the borough.

Nobody lost their life in a blaze over the last year, down from one the previous year, and the number of accidental house fires was cut by a quarter.

The number of people injured in accidental house fires was also down, dropping by 38 per cent from 34 to 21.

The number of emergency callouts made by firefighters was down by almost a quarter, and the numbers of arson attacks and false alarms were also down, by 22 per cent and 23 per cent respectively.

Almost 4,800 home safety checks were carried out in the borough last year to help keep the risk of fire at bay.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service district manager Peter Iveson, pictured, said: “North Tyneside’s fire crews have made excellent progress to help make people safer.

“Recording no deaths from fires this year and the reduction in injuries from accidental house fires shows that our fire prevention work is paying off.

“However, we still have work to do as 21 injuries is still too many.

“Our priority is to ensure that there are no deaths or injuries from fire, and we are working closely with our partners to achieve this.”

The reduction in false alarms from businesses and organisations has been achieved through a targeted approach.

Fire safety awareness sessions have been delivered to educate older people livening in sheltered accommodation to reduce false alarms.

Peter added: “One of the biggest achievements for the fire and rescue service is the work we have done with the New Tyne Crossing.

“The new tunnel is the first in the UK to be fitted with an active fire suppression system, making it the safest tunnel in the UK.”

The service was also involved in upgrading the fire safety features installed as part of the refurbishment of the existing tunnel.