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Fire Safety in the Home

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The national fire death rate has averaged 38-40 people which is 8.4 deaths per million population. The aim is to keep lowering this number by making people aware of how to stop fire from happening at home.

Over 1,000 people suffer serious injuries from burns and smoke inhalation (HIPE & NPRS Unit ESRI*). Most of these incidents would not have happened if everyone knew how to prevent fires and be fire safe at home.

This website tells you what to do to make sure that you and your family are safe from the dangers Fire.

A fire in the home can have terrible consequences. These include:

  • Death or serious injury
  • The psychological trauma to the people involved
  • Total loss of personal items such as photographs, letters, etc.
  • The cost of repairing the damage

The three Golden Rules to follow to make sure that you and your family are safe from fire are:

  • Prevention
    The best way to be "fire safe" is to make sure that fires never happen.
  • Detection
    A fire alarm that works will give you time to get everyone out of the house.
  • Evacuation
    Help very young, old or sick people to leave the house.  Get out and stay out.

Contact Details

National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management
The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government
Rm. G59
Custom House
Dublin 1
D01 W6X0

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