A working smoke alarm can save your life
National Fire Safety Week 2022 runs from October 17th to October 23rd aimed at enhancing fire safety, particularly in the home. In the new blended working world, many of us are spending more time at home so it is more important than ever that we are all informed as to the steps we can take to protect ourselves and our homes from fire.
This year for Fire Safety Week Kildare County Council is supporting awareness of fire safety in the home and encouraging all homes to have smoke alarms and test them weekly. Statistics tell us that you are more likely to die in a fire if you do not have a smoke alarm. On average 25 people die in fires in Ireland each year. Fires do not always happen to other people, the next one could be in your home! We are also encouraging the wider community to look out for each other, especially those most vulnerable and at risk and assist in ensuring that all homes have a working smoke alarm.
With the current fuel and cost of living crisis, people may be considering reverting to ‘old’ ways of heating their homes, cooking etc. Please be mindful of the additional risks that some of these practices may bring. If you plan to heat your home using solid fuels, please ensure that your chimney is clean and fit for purpose. Use spark guards around open fires and never dry clothes close to any heat source.
Be mindful of using candles or paraffin lamps to light areas of your home. Never place these close to flammable items and ensure candles are placed on non-combustible surfaces. Better still, use battery operated candles to remove the risk of fire! Unplug electrical items that are not in use and ensure all doors are closed. This will not only help to contain a fire should one occur but will also ensure that heat loss in your home is minimised.
With e-Scooters and e-bicycles becoming a more regular sight on our streets and roads, they have introduced a new fire risk into our homes when it comes to charging. Always charge batteries in a location that will still allow you to escape from all the rooms in your home. For example, do not charge in the hallway and NEVER charge in the communal space of an apartment block. These are protected fire escape routes and must be kept clear of all sources of fire.
Please stay safe and check your smoke alarms! Follow Kildare Fire Service on Facebook for more fire safety tips and information.