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National Fire Safety Week 2017

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National Fire Safety Week, 2nd-9th October, jointly run with the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, is about enhancing fire safety, particularly in the home.

This year's theme is -

What Can You Do To STOP Fire


As with previous years, the Westmeath Fire and Rescue Service will be trying to target as broad a spectrum of the population as possible with the target group of the elderly and most vulnerable at the center.

Here are some ways you can stop the fire before it starts: -

  • Fit and maintain a smoke alarm - A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and dial 999. You can get a ten-year smoke alarm for roughly the same price as two packets of cigarettes
  • 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.
  • Vacuum the smoke alarms regularly and wipe the cover. If they get clogged with dust they may not work properly.

To play your part during National Fire Safety Week, please check out the website (www.firesafetyweek.ie) and find out how you can help to prevent and detect fires in your home. It could save your life one day! You can also follow Westmeath County Council's Facebook & Twitter for Fire prevention advice and enter our smoke alarm giveaway.

Primary School students across Westmeath are also invited to participtate in our 2017 Primary School National Fire Safety Week Art Competition. 

The poster competition is open to students from 1st to 6th class in Westmeath Primary Schools. The aim of the competition is to increase fire safety awareness among young people with and overall prize a €50 voucher for the winning artist & a visit to the local fire station for their class.

Winning entries will be displayed on westmeathcoco.ie and on our Social Media platforms. The posters will also be displayed at a special exhibition in Áras an Chontae Mullingar in November 2017.

 Final Things to note:

  • There are still homes with no smoke alarms.
  • Vulnerable members of our community should not be overlooked.
  • Most people who die in fires, die from smoke inhalation and not from burns and 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.
  • Have a fire escape plan, teach it to your family and practice it regularly.

For further information on fire safety please contact our Mullingar Head-Quarters on 044-9332102 for advice and guidance.

For further information on our 2017 Primary School National Fire Safety Art Competition please email amanda.nulty@westmeathcoco.ie 

Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 29/09/2017