Fire Prevention

Fire Prevention

Fire Prevention deals with fire safety in the built environment and the safety of persons who occupy buildings. Fire Officers have the powers to serve a Fire Safety Notice or Closure Notice on buildings that are not in compliance with Fire Safety Regulations.

Fire Prevention functions are facilitated by the following legislation:

Safety in Work

  1. Look around your workplace - eliminate the hazards
  2. Install a fire detection and alarm system to give early warning
  3. Prepare an evacuation plan & practice it regularly

Fire Control Strategies

  • Active Controls
  • Passive Controls
  • Management Controls

Purpose of Active Controls

  • To alert occupants to emergency conditions
  • To initiate emergency response
  • To enable occupants extinguish small fires
  • To ensure defined and visible route of escape

Safety in School

Schools should be managed in accordance with the Department of the Environment’s “Code of Practice for the Management of Fire Safety in Places of Assembly”, (as published by the Stationary Office and available through any Bookseller or directly from the Government Publications Sales Office, Sun Alliance House, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2).

All schools should have Fire Safety Register which must be available for inspection on request by a Fire Officer (Authorised under the Fire Services Acts 1981 and 2003) as described in the above Code of Practice.

Safety in Home

Three essential steps in prevention

  1. Look around your home-eliminate the hazards
  2. Install smoke alarms to give early warning
  3. Prepare an evacuation plan & practice it regularly

Fire Prevention - Look out for

Check your home room my room for fire dangers and correct them. Remember most fires in home start in the living room and bedroom at night when we are sleeping

In the Sitting Room / Living Room

Open Fires

Primary Schools Programme

A primary schools fire safety programme was launched by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government in November 2006. The Primary Schools Programme (PSP) has been designed to enhance the level of awareness of Fire Safety in the home, through school going children and to raise the level of awareness of Fire Safety in the community.

Disability Access Certificates

Building Control Regulations, 2009

These new regulations are cited as the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2009 and they came into effect on the 1st October 2009. Provisions of article 8 (Disabled Access Certificate) came into effect on the 1st of January 2010.

A detailed guide to the new Building Control (Amendment) Regulations can be downloaded from the Department of the Environment and Local Government website.

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