Preventing Fire
in the Home

A Routine Fire Safety Check should only take a couple of minutes but it could mean the difference between Life and Death.

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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 2015
4th – 11th October
(Official Launch Monday 5th, Belfast)

National Fire Safety Week 2014
6th - 13th October
(Official Launch Monday 6th October, Dublin.)

National Fire Safety Week

This year's theme is "Together We Can S.T.O.P. Fire". This year's campaign is aimed at prompting older people directly and indirectly through their relatives and care givers to take protective fire safety action.

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.

137 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

  • There are still homes with no smoke alarms.
  • Vulnerable members of our community should not be overlooked.
  • 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.
  • A routine fire safety check only takes a few minutes but could mean the difference between life and death.
  • Have a fire escape plan, teach it to your family and practise it regularly.

Find out more about National Fire Safety Week