Tips for a Safe Halloween

  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Tell children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.)
  • Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards. They are much safer for trick-or-treaters, whose costumes may brush against the lighting.
  • If your children are going to Halloween parties at others’ homes, have them look for ways out of the home and plan how they would get out in an emergency.
  • Explain the dangers of illegal fireworks and bonfires to children and teenagers
  • Stay a safe distance from bonfires and fireworks – wind can carry sparks long distances and can cause permanent injuries and scars
  • Stay with your children and escort them on “trick or treat” visits, parties and events
  • Do not buy, use or supply fireworks
  • Respect the work of the Emergency Services, Council Staff and the Garda
  • Keep pets indoors on Halloween night
  • Above All – Be Safe and Stay Safe

Fire Safety at Christmas

Christmas Trees

  • Keep Christmas trees watered to prevent them from drying out
  • Artificial trees – ensure it has been pre-treated to increase flame resistance.
  • Keep your Christmas tree away from candles, heaters, fireplaces or other heat sources.
  • Dispose of tree properly. Safely dispose of the tree when it begins dropping needles
  • Dried-out trees are highly flammable and should not be left in a house or garage, or placed against the house.

Christmas Lights

Indoors
  • Only buy Christmas lights marked with an appropriate safety standard.
  • Check the fuses are the right type (see the box for the maximum size of fuse you should use).
  • If bulbs blow, replace them but replace the fuse bulb only with another fuse bulb.
  • Don't leave fairy lights on when you go out or when you go to sleep.
  • Don't overload sockets.
  • Check all connections and examine the wiring for fraying. If in doubt, throw them out.
Outdoors
  • Ensure they are suitable for outdoor use
  • Check all wiring and follow manufacturers instructions.
  • Fasten the bulbs securely and point the sockets down to avoid moisture building up.
  • Never use indoor extension leads outside.
  • Keep outdoor electrical connections above ground and out of puddles and snow.
  • Ensure trees hung with Christmas lights are not touching power lines.

Other Christmas Fire Safety Tips

  • Never burn wrapping paper in your fireplace
  • Keep strings of Christmas cards away from candles and open fires
  • Fit a spark guard in front of open fires
  • Check that your smoke alarms are in perfect working order
  • NEVER remove batteries from smoke alarm to use in children’s toys

Candles

Candles are naked flames, and they need to be treated with respect.

  • Don't leave them burning in a room with no one in it.
  • Curtains around the candleholder could also catch fire.
  • Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents and air currents
  • Always use an appropriate candleholder placed on a stable, heat-resistant surface
  • Keep them away from curtains and furniture, and not under a surface, like a shelf. Never place a candle on top of a TV, Don't put them in or by plants.
  • Keep them out of reach of children and pets
  • Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times
  • Extinguish candles before moving them.
  • Extinguish candles before you leave a room. Never go to sleep with a candle still burning.
  • Never leave a burning candle or oil burner in a child's bedroom.
  • set and keep well away from curtains
  • Always extinguish candles before leaving the house or going to bed
  • Make sure they're completely out - not smouldering.

Before Bed Routine

Half of the deaths in home fires take place between 10pm and 8am. That's why it's important to check your home before you go to bed.
  • Switch off and unplug appliances - Only leave on those appliances that are designed to be left on.
  • Check the cooker - Make sure the grill, hobs and oven are all turned off.
  • Don't leave the washing machine on or the tumble drier or dishwasher. Their high speed of operation, friction and motors mean they can be a fire risk.
  • Turn heaters off - And put a guard in front of an open fire.
  • Check candles - They can go on smouldering and set off a fire. Double-check they're out. Never leave one burning when you go to sleep.
  • Close all doors - It is important to close all doors to stop the spread of fire and smoke and give you time to get out if a fire does happen. Never deadlock the front door.

BBQ Fire Safety

What chefs need to know

  • Never use a barbeque indoors or on balconies.
  • Keep barbecues away from your home, sheds, fences, garden furniture, trees, shrubs and tents.  
  • Don't put the barbecue where people have to squeeze past it.  
  • Never leave the barbecue unattended. 
  • Follow the safety instructions provided with disposable barbeques.
  • When you have finished cooking, make sure the barbecue is cool before you try to move it.  

Tips for gas barbecues

  • Take extra care when turning bottled gas BBQs on and off.
  • Make sure the controls and the gas cylinder valve are turned off before you change the cylinder.
  • Make sure all joints are tightened, safe and secure.

FIRE SAFETY CALENDAR

January

Smoke alarms save lives. Don't forget to check them every Monday.

February

Practice your escape plan. Get out and Stay out - then call the Fire Brigade on 999/112, give your exact address.

March

Only use candles in a proper holder, keep them away from curtains etc.

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April

If your clothes catch fire, Stop, Drop & roll!

May

Don't forget to check your smoke alarms every Monday.

June

Switch off and unplug appliances before going to bed.

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July

Be aware of BBQ safety , Keep barbecues away from your home, sheds, fences, garden furniture, trees, shrubs and tents, check all gas connections.

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August

Close all doors, especially the downstairs doors, when you are going to bed.

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September

Use a spark guard on open fires, make sure it's in place especially going to bed.

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October

At Halloween, always remember to put fire safety first

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November

Be careful with candles - make sure they are all completely out before bedtime.

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December

Check your Christmas lights and decorations.

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