National Fire Safety Week

Kerry Fire & Rescue Service wishes to bring your attention to National Fire Safety Week is to highlight issues of fire safety and create awareness of the dangers of fire.

 

This year’s theme is “STOP Fire – Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

 

The aim is to increase public understanding about our STOP fire safety message, with the overall aim of zero accidental fire deaths.

 

STOP Fire – Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives”.

The ‘STOP’ in the campaign slogan creates a distinctive acronym, capturing the key behaviours that will help people stop fires starting and therefore reducing the number of casualties and deaths as a result of fire.

 

S is for Smoke Alarms

 

T is for Testing Smoke Alarms

 

O is for Obvious Dangers

 

P is for Plan Your Escape

Key Messages to STOP fire:

  • There are still homes with no working smoke alarms (be sure to fit new smoke alarms to your home if none are presently fitted). Working smoke alarms will warn you if there is a fire and can save your life.
  • Fit working smoke alarms and test them weekly (smoke alarms may be tested by pressing the test button using the handle tip of a floor brush).
  • Chimneys should be inspected and cleaned regularly, twice each year (once at the beginning and once during the fire lighting season)
  • Avoid using power outlet extenders or plug in power bars: they can quickly overload an electrical circuit.
  • When cooking with oil, never leave the stove unattended.
  • Be sure to properly extinguish smoking materials. Smoking materials that are not properly extinguished can smoulder undetected for days before igniting a fire.
  • Be sure to place a spark guard in front of an open fire.
  • Always carry out the pre-bedtime fire safety checks before going to sleep every night
    1. Ensure that fire places are securely guarded,
    2. Ensure that all doors are fully closed, put out candles and cigarettes properly,
    3. Keep door and window keys where everyone can find them,
      and,
    4. Switch off all electrical appliances not in use during the night especially portable space heaters.
  • Kitchen and Cooking Fire Safety:
    1. Turn off the hob if you have to leave the kitchen whilst cooking.   Do not leave cookers or ovens unattended when preparing food.
    2. Children should never be left unattended in the kitchen when cooking.
    3. Put a fire blanket and working fire extinguisher within easy reach in the kitchen and learn how to use them.

Plan your escape

Have you prepared a Home Fire Escape Plan to help your family get out safety?

    • Consider how to get out of your home if a fire might happen.
    • Make a Home Fire Escape Plan and practice it often.  Ensure that the escape routes are kept clear of clutter and are easily accessible.
    • Delegate specific tasks to responsible members of the famil

As part of National Fire Safety Week, the Fire Services Department will send out key Fire Safety message each day this week to all personnel.

Further information is available at the web-site http://firesafetyweek.ie/  and on the Kerry Fire and Rescue Servicefacebook page.