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Meath County Fire & Rescue Service Supports National Fire Safety Week - 1st - 8th Ocotober 2018

Date Released: 28 September 2018


Meath County Fire & Rescue Service Supports National Fire Safety Week  

1st – 8th October 2018


“STOP Fire - Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives” 


 Fire Safety Week 2018 - Stop Fire


This year's theme for National Fire Safety Week is “STOP Fire - Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives”


  • Fit smoke alarms today and make sure they are in good working order. Working smoke alarms will warn you if there is a fire. Remember: Your sense of smell does not work when you are asleep and smoke can put you in a deeper sleep.
  • If someone in the home is deaf, or has impaired hearing, they may not hear an audible warning from a smoke alarm, e.g. if not wearing a hearing aid at night. There are smoke alarm systems on the market that use strobe lights or vibrating pads to give alert of danger from fire. These offer improved warning for people who may have difficulty hearing a smoke alarm with audible warning.
  • Smoke alarms may be tested by pressing the test button with the handle tip of a floor brush.
  • Replace the batteries when they are not working and once a year in standard alarms, or as soon as you hear the warning beep.
  • If you have 10 year smoke alarms, you need to replace the whole alarm after 10 years.
  • Get at least one smoke alarm for each floor in the home. Fit them between the sleeping areas and the kitchen & living rooms – one in the hallway at ground floor, and one at each upper level, in the landing. For an enhanced level of protection, consideration may also be given to fitting alarms in living rooms and kitchen, in bedrooms used by vulnerable people, or in bedrooms where there is a television or large electrical appliance (such as a computer). (Heat alarms may be considered where fumes from cooking or smoke from cigarettes or open fires could lead to unwanted alarms.)
  • Position smoke alarms at ceiling level in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Vacuum the smoke alarms regularly and wipe the cover. If they get clogged with dust they may not work properly.


Sheila Broderick, Chief Fire Officer said ‘I would like to remind everyone during this National Fire Safety Week to make sure every home has at least two working smoke alarms and test them every week. This year we are not only encouraging people to have smoke alarms and test them but to have smoke alarms in as many rooms as possible throughout their home, especially bedrooms’. Remember to Get out, stay out, call the fire brigade. Never go back inside for people, pets or things.


Meath County Fire & Rescue Service will be posting information throughout National Fire Safety Week 2018 so check Twitter: @MCCFireService and @meathcoco


Play your part during National Fire Safety Week 2018 and check out  to find out how you can help to prevent and detect fires in your home. It could save a life one day!


Also look out on Twitter during National Fire Safety Week 2018 for the hashtags  #18FSW, #SmokeAlarmSelfie , #STOPfire and #SmokeAlarmsSaveLives


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