National Fire Safety Week is jointly run with the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service to enhance fire safety, particularly in the home. This year the main theme is: –
This year we will not only be encouraging people to have smoke alarms and test them, we will also be encouraging the wider community to look out for each other – especially those most vulnerable and at risk. We can all be ‘Safer Together’.
* On average 39 people die each year in FIRES in this country *
Together We Can STOP Fire –
S – is for Smoke alarms.
This gives you an early warning of a fire. 82% of fires resulting in fatalities had no working Smoke Alarm.
Make sure to:
• Have at least one Smoke Alarm (on the ceiling) on every level in your home
• Change the batteries every year
• When the warning beep sounds change the battery immediately
And remember: – Smoke produced in a fire will not necessarily wake you; it is more likely to put you into a deeper sleep so you need a smoke alarm to wake you up.
T – is for Test your smoke alarm at least once a week
O – is for Obvious dangers of fire in your home
• Smoking when tired
• Leaving burning candles unattended
• Leaving matches and lighters where children can get them
• Leaving chip pans, frying pans unattended
• Placing things too close to fires and heaters
• Using faulty electrical appliances
• Overloading electrical sockets
P – is for Plan your Escape
Escaping from a fire will be a lot easier if you have already planned your escape route:
• Keep escape routes clear of obstructions
• Keep keys to doors and windows immediately available
• Close all doors at night time
• Carry out a routine fire safety check before going to bed
If you discover a fire, or the smoke alarm sounds, you will only have a short time to get out. If possible:
• Close the door of the room where the fire is
• Get everyone out as quickly as possible and stay out
• Telephone the fire service on 999/ 112 from a neighbour’s house or mobile phone
• Never go back into a house until the fire service says it is safe to do so
Next week Fire personnel will be in your local town giving fire safety advice – For dates & times, keep an eye on facebook @monaghanfire&rescue and twitter @monaghan_fire.