Cork County Council’s Fire Service will lead National Fire Safety Week in Cork County from October 5th to 12th in promoting fire safety and in particular, safety at home. The theme of this year’s campaign is centered on the message “STOP Fire; Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives”.
While the number of fire fatalities recorded in Ireland has declined over the last 15 years, recent research has shown that the majority of those who die are alone at the time of the fire and the most common time for a fatal fire to occur is between midnight and 2am during the winter months. Cork County Council’s Fire Service are mindful of the fact that people are spending more time in their homes as a result of remote working, cocooning and Covid related restrictions. Their Fire Safety Week campaign aims to encourage people to assess fire safety measures in their homes and implement common sense safeguards where possible.
Cork County Council’s Chief Fire Officer Seamus Coughlan advised;
As part of a safety assessment, people should be mindful of whether they have sufficient smoke alarms installed and check that they are working. Alarms should be tested regularly. Has an escape plan been discussed your family or housemates? Just like in a place of work, it is vital that everyone at home knows where to go and what to do in the event of a fire: Get Out – Get the Fire Brigade Out – Stay Out. Ensure that everyone knows the Eircode in case they need to call 999 or 112 for the Fire Service. Memorise the code and consider keeping in it a safe place such as on the fridge, bedside locker or phone.
Ask yourself when the chimney or stove flue were last cleaned. Over one quarter of the fire calls that Cork County Fire Service respond to are chimney fires. We strongly advise implementing simple safeguards such as spark guards, a nighttime routine of closing doors to reduce spread of fire & smoke, control of candles and preventing overloaded sockets.
We also work alongside the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management to provide community groups with 10-year battery operated smoke alarms for distribution and installation for elderly and vulnerable residents. I implore any interested groups to reach out to Cork County Council’s Fire Service at [email protected].
Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley said;
I invite everyone to play your part during National Fire Safety Week. The www.firesafetyweek.ie website provides many helpful tips on how you can help to prevent and detect fires in your home. It could save your life one day. Our Fire Service provides a range of Community Fire Safety activities such as talks, demonstrations, school competitions and other initiatives to help communities prevent death and injury from fires. Cork County Council are committed to working alongside communities towards making our homes, towns and villages safe for all
Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey added;
Cork County Council’s Fire Service play a vital role throughout our communities and have done exceptional work in responding to incidents this year and supporting communities throughout the Covid 19 pandemic. We implore communities to support these frontline workers by following their advice and ensuring that your home environment is as safe as possible coming into the winter months.
Cork County Council’s Fire Service provides and manages 20 fire stations throughout the county. There are 6 stations in West Cork, 6 in North, 5 in South and 3 in East Cork. The Fire Service responded to over 2,100 emergency calls last year of which half were fire related. Over 200 trained fire fighters who are members of the local communities, often with other jobs are retained and on call to respond to varied emergencies which include fire incidents, road traffic collisions, weather induced events, hazardous material spills and assistance with medical emergencies. Cork County Council’s Fire Service along with the other front-line services continue to prepare, train and respond during these challenging times.
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