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What is National Fire Safety Week?

National Fire Safety Week is run jointly with the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service and is about enhancing fire safety, particularly in the home.

Dates for your diary

National Fire Safety Week 2016
3rd – 10th October
(Official Launch Monday 3rd October, Dublin)

National Fire Safety Week 2015
5th – 12th October
(Official Launch Monday 5th, Belfast)

National Fire Safety Week

This year's theme is "Smoking At Home Can Cause Fatal Fires". This year's campaign is aimed at reminding people that fires caused by smoking materials can spread very rapidly within minutes through a house.

Individuals need to be extra careful if they are smoking or disposing of smoking materials in their home. Make sure that cigarettes are stubbed out properly before going to bed and be extra careful if drinking alcohol or feeling drowsy. Never ever smoke in bed or leave a lit cigarette, cigar or pipe unattended as they burn downwards and can easily overturn and set fire to something. Matches or lighters should be kept out of reach of young children as they are always attracted to them.

We are also continuing to encourage everyone to have smoke alarms installed in their homes and ensure that they are tested regularly to ensure they are in full working order - Smoke Alarms Save Lives.

National Fire Safety Week has its roots in the Great Chicago Fire, which occurred on October 8, 1871. The former American President, Calvin Coolidge, proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week in 1925 in memory of those who perished in that Fire. Since then, in early October, it has been observed each year in countries around the world.

Many years on, the message regarding fire prevention and fire safety is as relevant today as it ever was.

Play your part during National Fire Safety Week. Check out the rest of the website and find out how you can help to prevent and detect fires in your home. It could save your life one day!

Things to note

  • Make sure cigarettes are stubbed out properly before going to bed
  • Be extra careful if you have been drinking alcohol or are feeling drowsy
  • Never smoke in bed
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of young children
  • Most people who die in fires, die from smoke inhalation and not from burns and it can take as little as 3 minutes to die from smoke inhalation
  • Get a smoke alarm fitted and check it regularly to ensure it is in full working order
  • Have a fire escape plan, teach it to your family and practise it regularly.

Find out more about National Fire Safety Week