What Is Fire Safety Week And How Can It Help To Raise Fire Safety Awareness?



Kerry Fire & Rescue Service wishes to bring attention to National Fire Safety Week which takes place this year from Monday the 6th of October to Monday, the 13th of October 2014. The aim of National Fire Safety Week is to highlight issues of fire safety and create awareness of the dangers of fire and of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

The theme for this year is “Protecting Those Most at Risk from Fire”.

History of Fire Safety Week
This week is very important in the calendar of fire services around the world. National Fire Safety Week has it roots in the Great Chicago Fire, which occurred on 8 October 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. 138 years on, the message regarding fire prevention and fire safety is as relevant today as ever it was.
The theme for this year is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives”.

Aims and Objectives
Fire Safety Week is used to promote safe fire prevention practices and to educate the public about the true costs of fire. The idea is to use events and activities throughout the Week to show people how deadly fire can be, but also show ways in which fires can be prevented and the need for fire prevention at home and at work.  

Importance of Fire Safety Week
With fires continuing to be a severe hazard and potentially damaging to not just property and possessions but also to people’s lives, having a week to raise the profile of the dangers of fire and educating people how they can avoid these dangers is extremely important.  
Unfortunately, on average 46 people die in Ireland each year as a result of fire. Tragically, over 90% of the incidents occur in the home.  Both the very young and the elderly are particularly vulnerable and these groups account for almost half of the domestic fatalities.
In most of these incidents, fire safety education and awareness could have prevented the loss of life in a fire or limited the damage. 
Key Messages
- there are still homes with no working smoke alarms (ensure to fit an smoke alarm to your house if none is presently fitted, test the functionality once a week. You can utilise the top of a brush handle to press the test button on your alarm.)
- most people who die in fires die from smoke inhalation and not from burns
- 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

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