National Fire Safety Week runs from 5th-12th October. This year’s National Fire Safety Week theme is “Smoking at Home Can Cause Fatal Fires''
Households are again being encouraged to have smoke alarms fitted and to ensure that they are in good working order. The importance of knowing what to do in the case of fire and having a fire escape plan, is also a crucial message this year.
Here are some simple do's and don'ts to prevent fire
X Smoke when you are in bed, tired on medication
X Leave the room when the candles are burning
X Leave young children alone near an open fire or cooker
X Leave matches and lighters where children can get them
X Overload an electric socket- one socket one plug
X Use electric appliances that don't work
X Run electrical appliances from a light socket
X Use a heater or the cooker to dry clothes
X Use petrol or paraffin to light a solid fuel fire
√ Clean your chimney and service your heating system at least once a year
√ Use a sparkguard with open fire
√ Keep your gas cylinders outside on solid ground
√ Keep a suitable fire extinguisher and fire blanket in the kitchen
√ Empty ashtrays before you go to bed. run the contents under the tap before you bin them
√ Repair or replace faulty electrical appliances immediately
√ Do a fire safety check before you go to bed.
√ Close all doors at night.
Remember to always be Fire Safe.
Carol Kennedy ACFO
Tipperary Fire and Rescue Service.