Fire Safety Week 2020
This week (5th-12th) October marks National Fire Safety Week an initiative jointly run with the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service. The main aim of Fire Safety Week is to enhance fire safety within the home and this year's theme is, "STOP Fire - Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives".
About Fire Safety Week:
The purpose of the Fire Safety Week campaign is to:
- Continue to raise awareness around the dangers within the home with obvious fire risks, such as overloaded sockets, candles, etc.
- Promote the use of smoke alarms within the home.
- Help you understand the importance of making a fire escape plan and practicing it often.
Possible Fire Dangers within your Home:
Most fires in the home start in the living room, bedroom and kitchen at night while we are sleeping. It's important to be aware of the possible fire hazards within your home. Hazards such as:
- Overloaded sockets
- Open fires
- Frying pans
- Electrical equipment
"STOP Fire - Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives"
S - Smoke alarms
Make sure you have at least one on every floor.
T - Test your smoke alarms weekly
Test your smoke alarms weekly, or ask someone to check it for you.
O - Obvious dangers
Look for fire risks like overloaded sockets, candles and unattended appliances.
P - Plan your escape route
Keep access routes clear and have your keys at the ready.
Importance of Smoke Alarms:
Inhaling smoke and other toxic gases can actually put you into a deeper sleep.
With that in mind it's so important to ensure that your smoke alarms are in good working order. If you currently don't have a smoke alarm installed in your home you should consider getting one fitted. A working smoke alarm alerts you to the presence of smoke hence giving you a chance to escape from injury and potentially death.
Facts on Smoke Alarms:
- On average 39 people die in fires nationally every year. Most of these deaths could have been prevented if a working smoke alarm had been present in the home.
- A national survey, carried out recently, found that there are over 300,000 households that do not have any smoke alarms installed.
- Smoke Alarms do not "prevent" fires - they just give you a warning of the presence of smoke.
- Most fires happen at night when people are asleep and smoke can actually put them into a deeper sleep.
- Smoke inhalation, as opposed to heat or flames, causes the majority of fire deaths.
- Smoke given off by some furnishing materials can kill very quickly.
- 10-year smoke alarms are available as ionisation or optical alarms and are fitted with a long-life lithium battery or a sealed power pack that lasts for 10 years.
Maintenance of Smoke Alarms:
To ensure your smoke alarm is working correctly you should do the following:
- Once a week test the smoke alarm by pushing and holding the test button until it activates.
- Every 6 months vacuum and brush the casing to get rid of dust.
- Every year change the battery.
- Every 10 years replace the smoke alarm.
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