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 2003.

Fire Services Act 1981
http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/1981/act/30/enacted/en/html

Licensing of Indoor Events Act 2003
http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2003/act/15/enacted/en/html

Building Regulations 2006 - Technical Guidance Document B
http://www.environ.ie/en/Publications/DevelopmentandHousing/BuildingStandards/File DownLoad,1640,en.pdf

Building Regulations 2010 - Technical Guidance Document M - Access and Use
http://www.environ.ie/en/Publications/DevelopmentandHousing/BuildingStandards/File DownLoad,24773,en.pdf

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 from harm.

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 business success.

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 unattended.
  • 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 them.
  • 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 alternatives.
  • Ensure a fire detection and alarm system is installed and serviced regularly as per fire legislative requirements.
  • Provide suitable Fire Extinguisher points at appropriate locations throughout the premises.
  • Prepare a Fire Evacuation Plan, test it and carry out regular fire drills.
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