Humberside Fire Service hails zero house fire deaths

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For the first time since 1976 there have been no deaths in house fires in East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire over a 12 month period, according to the fire service.

Daryl Oprey, head of safety for Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, said an increase in the number of smoke alarms was behind the reduction.

He added that an awareness of fire hazards in the home had also helped.

Over the past five years 25 people have been killed in house fires in the area.

The service has also been trialling sprinkler systems in vulnerable peoples' homes.

The £2000 fire suppression systems have been installed in 10 houses occupied by elderly and disabled people identified as being unable to escape in the event of a fire.

Mr Oprey said the sprinkler systems had saved at least three lives since their installation.

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