Fire Safety Week is ongoing across the country.
This year's theme is “STOP Fire - Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives”.
Today Dublin Fire Brigade is at Pavillions in Swords.
They have this advice:
General Tips on Smoke Alarms
There are 2 types of Smoke Alarm "Ionisation" and "Optical"
Ionisation Smoke Alarm
- The cheapest and most common type.
- Very sensitive to small particles of smoke from "flaming" fires like chip pans.
- Will detect this type of fire before the smoke gets too thick.
Optical Smoke Alarm
- More expensive type but more effective at detecting larger particles from "slow burning" fires such as smouldering foam or P.V.C. wiring.
How many smoke alarms do I need?
- For maximum protection one smoke alarm per room except the bathroom, kitchen and garage.
- Heat alarms may be considered where fumes from cooking or smoke from cigarettes or open fires could lead to unwanted alarm activations.
- For minimum protection one smoke alarm for each level/floor of your home.
Where do I fit them?
- On the ceiling as close to the centre of the room as possible.
- Keep in mind your ability to hear the smoke alarm at night with the door closed.
Know your Evacuation Plan!
- The purpose of a Smoke Alarm is to give an early warning of an outbreak of fire!
- It is vital that you and your family know exactly what to do when the Smoke Alarm activates.