General Fire Safety Information
What is the main Fire Safety Legislation in Ireland?
The main Fire Legislation in Ireland is the Fire Services Act 1981 and the Indoor Events Act
Fire Services Act 1981
Licensing of Indoor Events Act 2003
Building Regulations 2006 - Technical Guidance Document B
Building Regulations 2010 - Technical Guidance Document M - Access and Use
What type of Consultant should give advice on Fire Safety?
Only a competent Fire Safety Consultant should give advice in relation to fire safety.
A competent Fire Consultant should hold a Degree level qualification in fire safety and a
member of the Institution of Fire Engineers. They should also have appropriate industry
experience relevant to your sector.
What are the benefits managing Fire Safety?
Morally - To protect people from harm. Proactive Fire Safety management can make a
substantial difference in terms of protecting employees and other parties in the workplace
Legally – Reduced likelihood of criminal prosecution and civil liability.
Economically – Possibility of reduced insurance, decrease in accidents, sick pay, downtime
etc.. increased productivity and content workforce.
Proactive fire management not only protects people from harm but also contributes to
What precautions can I take at home to safeguard against a fire breakout?
- Fit a smoke alarm and test it weekly.
- Have a safe designated smoking area. Do not smoke in armchairs as you may fall
asleep. Use deep ashtrays so the cigarette cannot roll out. Do not leave cigarettes
- Restrict use of matches and candles. Where in use keep away from children.
- Heaters and electrics - Never sit to close (minimum gap 3 feet) to a heater. Never put
a heater near clothes or furniture.
- Don't overload electric sockets.
- Never block communal areas, walkways or corridors as these are Fire Escapes.
- Ensure your kitchen has a fire blanket and a suitable fire extinguisher Don't cook if
you are tired or have been drinking. Never leave pans unattended when cooking.
- When going to bed. Turn off and unplug heaters and electrical appliances except those
which are meant to stay on. Close all doors as this prevents fire spread in the event of
a fire. Keep your door and window keys within easy access where everyone can find
- Know what do if a fire occurs. Call 999 or 112
- Plan your escape and know what to do should a fire occur.
What precautions can I take at work to safeguard against a fire breakout?
Conduct a Fire Risk Assessment or Fire Audit.
Look around your workplace and eliminate fire hazards where possible.
Where not possible to eliminate fire hazards reduce or substitute them for safer
Ensure a fire detection and alarm system is installed and serviced regularly as per fire
Provide suitable Fire Extinguisher points at appropriate locations throughout the
Prepare a Fire Evacuation Plan, test it and carry out regular fire drills.
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