National Fire Safety Week (7th-13th October 2019)

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: –
‘Safer Together’
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.

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