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Every fire has a cause and most often, there's a common sense, simple method of prevention. Careless attention to or use of cigarettes lighters and matches, smoking, electricity, fireplaces, heaters, candles and cooking equipment are leading causes of fire-death and injury.

The age groups most at risk are the under 12's and over 60's. Explain to children about the dangers of fire, you will be surprised how much they already know from school or are able to understand, if it is explained properly to them.

The best way to prevent a fire is to keep fuel sources away from potential heat sources. With that in mind have a look around your home to spot any possible, unwanted incidences of fuel meeting heat. Each room of your home should be systematically inspected by you to ensure that it is safe for you and your family 24 hours a day.


  • Do not allow rubbish to build up in your living room or anywhere else inside your home.
  • Paints, thinners, chemicals etc. should be stored carefully outside the home.

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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