National Fire Safety Week 2019

National Fire Safety Week was officially launched today at Central Fire Station, Bankmore Street, Belfast BT7 1AQ on Monday 7th October 2019 at 10:30am.

National Fire Safety Week, 7th – 14th  October, jointly run with the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, is about enhancing fire safety, particularly in the home. This year’s National Fire Safety Week theme is “Safer Together” The campaign asks that members of our communities visit vulnerable relatives, neighbours and friends and ensure they are mindful of fire safety, have working smoke alarms and have an escape plan in the event of a fire. We can all be #safertogether.

Unfortunately, on average 32 people die in Ireland each year as a result of fire. House fires account for the vast majority of fire fatalities. Both the very young and the elderly are particularly vulnerable and these groups account for almost half of the domestic fatalities. Most people, who die in fires, die from smoke inhalation and not from burns and this can take as little as 3 minutes. All family members, relatives and friends of the vulnerable are asked to ensure they are protected against the risk of fire.

Speaking at the event, Minister Eoghan Murphy, T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government said, “This year’s theme, ‘Safer Together’, is a welcome reminder that we all have a part to play to keep ourselves, and each other, safe from the dangers of fire. The campaign not only encourages people to have smoke alarms and test them but also for the wider community to look out for each other – especially those most vulnerable and at risk. This year’s theme asks that communities check in with vulnerable relatives, neighbours and friends and ensure they are mindful of fire safety, have working smoke alarms and have an escape plan in the event of a fire. We can all be ‘safer together’.”

While National Fire Safety Week marks the beginning of an intensive media advertising campaign to run until the spring, it is imperative that public awareness of the dangers of fire be maintained throughout the year.