National Fire Safety Week 2016 - Press Release

National Fire Safety Week takes place from Monday 3rd October to Saturday 8th October, 2016. The theme for this year is:

“STOP Fire-Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives”.

This year’s campaign is aimed community-wide.  We are asking people to be certain that they have at least 2 working smoke alarms in their homes.  As part of this campaign we also want to impress the importance of knowing your escape routes. As with previous years, the ‘STOP’ in the campaign slogan  will create a distinctive acronym, capturing the key behaviours that will help people prevent fires starting and therefore reducing the number of casualties and deaths as a result of fire. 

       S is for Smoke alarms

       T is for Testing smoke alarms weekly

       O is for Obvious dangers

       P is for Plan your escape

National Fire Safety Week is particularly significant for all in the fire services. It is an opportunity to engage the public with fire safety issues and to attempt to influence them towards safe behaviour. In keeping with previous years, the Department held a joint launch with Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service in the Dublin Fire Brigade Training Centre, O’Brien Institute, Malahide Road, Dublin 3 on Monday 3th October 2016 at 11am. Fire Safety Week was officially launched by Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton.

Leitrim County Council through its fire service has always taken a proactive role in promoting fire safety during 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 the most vulnerable. House fires account for the vast majority of these fire fatalities. In Leitrim so far in 2016 the fire service has responded to 24 chimney fires, 9 house fires and 12 other fires. 

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.  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 week was launched locally in Leitrim by Council Chairperson, Mary Bohan and Chief Executive Frank Curran.

The full list of activities planned for National Fire Safety Week in Leitrim is available here: National Fire Safety Week 2016- Programme of Events .pdf (size 71 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 (, Leitrim County Council Facebook and Twitter accounts

·         Distribution of fire safety leaflets and smoke alarm testers to members of the public on Saturday.

·         Availability of fire safety leaflets in different languages at fire stations and Aras an Chontae.

Further information can be found on the links below: service Safety Ireland County Council/fire safety week County Council/firesafetyweek


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