National Fire Safety Week 2015 - October 5th to 12th
The theme for this week is:
‘Smoking at Home can Cause Fatal Fires’
Download Programme of Events in Leitrim
This year National Fire Safety Week will again be jointly run between the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government in Dublin and the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service. The week will be officially launched in Belfast’s RADAR Safety Centre on Monday 5th October by Interim Chief Fire and Rescue Officer, Mr Dale Ashford. This year’s theme for National Fire Safety Week is ‘Smoking at Home Can Cause Fatal Fires’ and is about enhancing fire safety, particularly in the home. This year’s campaign will target people who smoke and aims to reduce accidental fires in the home attributable to the careless use and disposal of smoking materials. Households will also be encouraged to have smoke alarms fitted and to ensure they are in good working order. They should be tested at least once a week.
Leitrim County Council through its fire service has always taken a proactive role in promoting fire safety events for this special week. All fire fighters and senior fire officers will work together to promote fire safety. On average 36 people die in Ireland each year as a result of fire with the very young and elderly being particularly vulnerable. House fires account for the vast majority of these fire fatalities. Constant vigilance is needed in relation to fire safety. All of us have a part to play. We will aim to influence the most vulnerable in the community and to guide them towards safe behaviour.
Leitrim County Council will continue to implement our successful Community Smoke Alarm project which is aimed at increasing the coverage of smoke alarms in the community. Approximately 10% of households do not have a working smoke alarm. It is planned to allocate smoke alarms to more vulnerable households in Leitrim again this year. We will also distribute smoke alarm testers to vulnerable groups to help them to get into the habit of testing their smoke alarms regularly. The Council will distribute additional smoke alarms during the week.
The full list of activities planned for National Fire Safety Week in Leitrim is available to download from the following link Fire safety week 2015 - programme of events updated.pdf (size 31.3 KB) and other social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter and includes:
· Talks to Active Age groups
· Visits to Primary schools
· Fire awareness campaigns using road signage at various locations around the county, fire safety stand and fire safety literature in Aras an Chontae
· Fire safety information on Leitrim County Council website (www.leitrim.ie), Leitrim County Council Facebook and Twitter accounts
· Distribution of fire safety leaflets and smoke alarm testers to members of the public
· Availability of fire safety leaflets in different languages
Further information can be found on the links below:
Programme of Events
Launch of Fire Safety Week
From left: Frank Curran, Chief Executive (LCC), Mary Quinn, Director of Services, Cathaoirleach John McCartin, Patricia Flanaghan, Chair of Older Persons in Leitrim Council, Conor Lynch, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Donal Fox, CEO Leitrim Integrated Development Company, James Malone, Senior Assistant Chief Fire Officer.
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