Fire Safety Week 2019 – 7th – 14th October

Posted in Connect on October 7, 2019.

National Fire Safety Week is about enhancing fire safety, particularly in the home. This year’s theme is

“Safer Together”.

   Níos Sábháilte le Chéile


This year we are not only encouraging people to have smoke alarms and test them, we are also encouraging the wider community to look out for each other – especially those most vulnerable and at risk.  We can all be ‘Safer Together’.

Fit smoke alarms today and make sure they are in good working order. Working smoke alarms will warn you if there is a fire. Remember: Your sense of smell does not work when you are asleep, and smoke can put you in a deeper sleep.

If someone in the home is deaf, or has impaired hearing, they may not hear an audible warning from a smoke alarm, e.g. if not wearing a hearing aid at night. There are smoke alarm systems on the market that use strobe lights or vibrating pads to give alert of danger from fire. These offer improved warning for people who may have difficulty hearing a smoke alarm with audible warning.

Smoke alarms may be tested by pressing the test button with the handle tip of a floor brush.

Replace the batteries when they are not working and once a year in standard alarms, or as soon as you hear the warning beep. If you have a 10 year smoke alarm, you need to replace the whole alarm after 10 years.

Play your part during National Fire Safety Week.

  • There are still homes with no smoke alarms.
  • Vulnerable members of our community should not be overlooked.
  • Most people who die in fires, die from smoke inhalation and not from burns.
  •  It can take as little as 3 minutes to die from smoke inhalation.
  • A routine fire safety check only takes a few minutes but could mean the difference between life and death.
  • Have a fire escape plan, teach it to your family and practice it regularly.
  • Don’t leave devices (phones, laptops etc) charging on a bed or couch. Charge devices on a hard surface with plenty of ventilation around them.

Mayo County Council, through its Fire Service, has always taken an active role in the programming of events for this special week. Senior Fire Officers and Firefighters work together to promote the fire safety message. Statistics tell us that fire deaths in the home are still very high and that it is the vulnerable groups in our community who are most at risk. Constant vigilance is needed in relation to fire safety. All of us have a part to play.

During the week, three of the county’s retained fire stations will be opening to members of the public. Local Fire Officers will be in attendance to offer advice in relation to fire safety.


The date and opening times for the Fire Stations involved are listed below:

There are a few simple things you can do to keep you and those you love safe from fire:

  • Check your home, room by room, for fire dangers and correct them.
  • Get at least one smoke alarm for each floor in the home.
  • Make a fire escape plan and practise it often.


Preventing Fire in the Home

Routine Fire Safety Check should only take a couple of minutes but it could mean the difference between Life and Death.

Obvious Dangers – Do a Routine Fire Safety Check

Look for obvious dangers. A “Routine Fire Safety Check” should only take a couple of minutes but it could mean the difference between Life and Death.

Walk around your house with a view to keeping your home safe and secure.

  • Unplug all unnecessary electrical appliances.
  • Turn off all unnecessary gas appliances.
  • Make sure all candles and naked flames are extinguished.
  • Place a sparkguard in front of any open fire.
  • Empty all ashtrays.
  • Are all escape routes completely clear of obstructions?

Close all doors to reduce the spread of fire and smoke.


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