Family Fire Escape Plan in Action

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Fire escape plan: What you need to do if there is a fire in your home.

  1. • Keep your ways out/exit s clear at all times
    • Whether you discover the fire or your smoke alarm warns you, stay calm and put your fire escape plan into action.
  2. •Raise the alarm.Wake everyone up and get every one out by the quickest way, assisting or collecting the very young or vulnerable in the household.
  3. • Check doors with the back of your hand – don’t open them if they are warm.This means the fire is on the other side. Only open the doors that you need to get out of the house.
  • If there is smoke, crawl along near to the floor where the air will be cleaner.
  • Do not look for the cause of the fire.
  • Meet at an assembly point outside your home and make sure everyone is out.
  • Call the Fire Service at 999 or 112 from a call box, mobile phone or neighbour’s house.
  • Do not go back in until the Fire Service tells you it is safe.

In emergency call 999 or 112

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Fire Safety Certs Disability Access Certs

Gain Fire Safety Certificates and Disability Access Certificate in Ireland.

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A Fire Safety Certificate are required to certify that the design of the building or works would be in compliance with the requirements of part B of the Building Regulations Act of 1997-2008.

A fire safety certificate is required for all new commercial buildings including apartments and flats. A certificate is required for any material changes of use and certain alterations and extensions to buildings.
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A fire safety certificate for any design or change of use must be obtained before work starts.

Nationwide fire safety provide consultancy on fire safety certification and disability certification applications.
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We will compile, produce and present all relevant documentation required to achieve the necessary Fire Safety Certificate in Ireland.

This will consist of full detailed drawing in compliance with Part B of the Building Regulations and a comprehensive report on the Fire Safety issues relating to your building.

If your building requires a Fire Safety Certificates and Disability Access Certificates , please Contact Us.
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Fire Safety Certificates or Disability Access Certificates in Ireland

Fire Safety Certificates / Disability Access Certificates

 

 

Fire Prevention at Home

Fire Prevention in the home

Get a fire alarm, test it at least once a week.

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Fire Safety in Ireland

At night put out candles and naked flames.

Do not overload electrical sockets, electrical equipment.

Spark guards protecting any open/naked flames.

Clean chimneys at least one a year

Follow manufactures guidelines with  Electrical Equipment i.e. Blankets, hairdryers etc

Make sure cigarettes are extinguished properly avoid smoking in bed.

 

 

Consider ‘STOP’ and put Safety first.

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Sure Smoke alarms

Make sure you have a working fire alarm on every floor of the Building.

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Test your smoke alarms regularly

Test your smoke alarm weekly, or designate the job to someone reliable. Don’t leave it to change. Batteries  malfunction.

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Obvious dangers

Scan your home look for fire risks, overloaded sockets, candles and unattended appliances i.e. electric blankets.

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Plan your escape route

Know your surroundings keep access routes clear and have your keys at the ready. Know where you are going before hand.

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For proper fire safety check for fire dangers in your home and correct them

Prevention is the better than Cure

• Check your home room by room for fire dangers and correct them.

Remember: most fires in the home start in the living room, bedroom and kitchen at night while we are sleeping.

In the Kitchen
• Put a fire blanket and working fire extinguisher within easy reach in the kitchen and learn how to use them.

When cooking, always use the back rings first.  Always turn in saucepan handles(child safety) and make sure they are not over other rings.

  • Keep your cooker clean – grease is a fire risk, it spreads very fast and burns lino, carpet, wooden floors.
  • Turn off the cooker when you are not using it.
  • Never use your cooker for drying clothes.
  • Check the cooker is switched off properly before you go to bed.
  • Clean or replace filters in the extractor fan regularly.
  • Chip pans are a fire risk – consider using an alternative cooking method.

Chip pans are a fire risk – preferably, don’t use them. If you use a chip pan, exercise extreme care.

• Never fill the chip pan more than one third full of oil or fat.
• Test the oil temperature by placing a small piece of bread in the pan. If

it crisps quickly,it is ready.

• If the oil smokes then it is too hot. Turn the heat off and let it cool down before starting again.

• Never leave the room when the chip pan is on.

• Never move a hot chip pan.

• If using an electric deep fat fryer, empty it and store away when plugged out and completely cooled down.

Electrical items –use carefully and store them properly when you are not using them.

  • Don’t overload sockets. This is a major fire risk.
  • Don’t run electric cables across cookers.
  • Switch off and plug out electrical items when you are not using t hem.
  • If any electrical cables or plugs are damaged, worn or frayed, do not use the electrical item and call a qualified electrician.Living room open fires
    • Place a proper fitting spark guard and fireguard in front of an open fire.
    • Don’t put anything on the fire guard.

• Don’t leave anything that can burn, like papers, magazines or clothes near afire.

• Don’t use an open fire to dry clothes. This is a major fire risk.

Keep your chimney clean
• Get your chimney cleaned regularly – follow this guide:
• Wood burning fires: four times a year when you’re using them. • Solid fuel fires: once a year if using smokeless fuel.
• Solid fuel fires: twice a year if using coal.
• Oil fires: once a year.
• Gas fires: once a year, if they are the kind that needs sweeping.

Portable heaters

• Use portable heaters with extreme care.

• Place heaters away from furniture, curtains and items that can burn.

• Don’t move heaters when they are on.

• Switch off heaters and plug them out before you leave the house or go to bed.

Candles at home

• Always place candles into proper holders.

• Do not put candles near items that may catch fire such as curtains, clothes or bedding.

• Never leave lit candles unattended. • Place candles away from draughts. • Don’t move a lit candle.

• Make sure you put out all candles properly before you leave the house or go to bed.

Carry out a last thing at night routine

• Before you go to bed at night:

  • Check your ways out /exits are clear before you go to bed.
  • If your front and back doors need keys to open, ensure the keys are kept in a readily accessible place, known to everyone in the home, close to the doors.
  • Make sure fires are well down and place spark guards in front of open fires.
  • Do not leave your television, radio or music system on standby. Only appliances designed for 24 hour use should be left plugged in at night-time e.g. fridges, freezers, etc.
  • Plug out the mobile phone charger when your mobile phone is charged or when you go out or when you go to bed.
  • Switch off and plug out your electric blanket before you go to sleep.
  • Empty ashtrays properly and put out candles, before you go to bed.

Fire Safety in Limerick

Irish Fire Safety Consultants Limerick.

Fire-warden-training1We are experienced fire safety engineers in Limerick. John has over 21 years ‘experience with local County Fire Service.
And a member of The Institution of Fire Engineers (MIFireE) and is also a member of  fire safety Engineers.

We are based in County Cork with easy access to Counties Kerry, Waterford, Clare, Tipperary and Cork. We provide a nationwide service teaching the tools of fire prevention in Kerry.

National Fire Safety services in Limerick are as follows…

  • Fire Safety Certification.
  • Fire Safety Consultancy.
  • Preparation of Fire Safety Certificate applications for compliance with building control regulations.
  • Preparation of Disability Access Certificates for compliance with building control regulations.
  • Fire Safety Training for compliance with your health and Safety requirements.
  • Pre-purchase inspection on domestic dwellings.
  • Fire safety Assessment surveys of existing buildings and specifications for fire safety upgrade work.
  • Preparation of fire protection drawings for use in conjunction with assessment reports.
  • During construction surveys and monitoring of fire safety construction works.

Some questions that you may ask yourself are:

  • Do you have Fire Safety concerns, regarding the property you own or the property you are responsible for?
  • Has there been a fire at your premises?
  • Have you been visited by an officer from building control?
  • Do you need to have Fire Safety construction work certified?

Or

  • Do you just want to have your property checked to make sure that it is Fire Safety Compliant?

Fire Safety in Cork

Irish Nationwide Fire Safety Consultants Cork

Fire-warden-training1John P Harrington and associates are experienced fire safety engineers in Cork. John has over 21 years ‘experience with Cork County Fire Service.
And a member of The Institution of Fire Engineers (MIFireE) and is also a member of Engineers Cork.

We are based in County Cork with quick access to Counties Kerry, Limerick, Clare, Waterford and Tipperary. We provide a nationwide service teaching the tools of fire prevention in Cork.

Nationwide Fire Safety services in Cork are providing…

  • Fire Safety Certification.
  • Fire Safety Consultancy.
  • Preparation of Fire Safety Certificate applications for compliance with building control regulations.
  • Preparation of Disability Access Certificates for compliance with building control regulations.
  • Fire Safety Training for compliance with your health and Safety requirements.
  • Pre-purchase inspection on domestic dwellings.
  • Fire safety Assessment surveys of existing buildings and specifications for fire safety upgrade work.
  • Preparation of fire protection drawings for use in conjunction with assessment reports.
  • During construction surveys and monitoring of fire safety construction works.

Some questions that you may ask yourself are:

  • Do you have Fire Safety concerns, regarding the property you own or the property you are responsible for?
  • Has there been a fire at your premises?
  • Have you been visited by an officer from building control?
  • Do you need to have Fire Safety construction work certified?

Or

  • Do you just want to have your property checked to make sure that it is Fire Safety Compliant?

Fire Safety Consultant in West Cork

Fire Safety Consultants West Cork

Fire Safety Consultants Clare

Fire Safety Consultants West Cork and Ireland

John P Harrington and associates are experienced fire safety engineers in Cork. John has over 21 years ‘experience with Cork County Fire Service.
And a member of The Institution of Fire Engineers (MIFireE) and is also a member of Engineers Cork.

We are based in County Cork with quick access to Counties Kerry, Limerick, Clare, Waterford and Tipperary. We provide a nationwide service teaching the tools of fire prevention in Cork.

Nationwide Fire Safety services in Cork are providing…

  • Fire Safety Certification.
  • Fire Safety Consultancy.
  • Preparation of Fire Safety Certificate applications for compliance with building control regulations.
  • Preparation of Disability Access Certificates for compliance with building control regulations.
  • Fire Safety Training for compliance with your health and Safety requirements.
  • Pre-purchase inspection on domestic dwellings.
  • Fire safety Assessment surveys of existing buildings and specifications for fire safety upgrade work.
  • Preparation of fire protection drawings for use in conjunction with assessment reports.
  • During construction surveys and monitoring of fire safety construction works.

Some questions that you may ask yourself are:

  • Do you have Fire Safety concerns, regarding the property you own or the property you are responsible for?
  • Has there been a fire at your premises?
  • Have you been visited by an officer from building control?
  • Do you need to have Fire Safety construction work certified?

Or

  • Do you just want to have your property checked to make sure that it is Fire Safety Compliant?

Fire Safety Certificates

Fire Safety Certificates in Ireland from Certified Irish Engineers.

What is a fire safety certificate?
A Fire Safety Certificate is granted by your local building control authority (your local city or county council). For your local building control authority to grant a fire safety certificate, you must first obtain the services of a competent engineer with a good understanding of current building regulations and an excellent understanding of fire safety regulations to compile the necessary fire safety certificate application.

The fire safety certificate application will consist of Drawings, calculations, specifications and a report it will also give details of the proposed use and the existing use of the building where appropriate.

It certifies that the design of the building or works would be in compliance with the requirements of part B of the Second Schedule to the Building Regulations, 1997-2008.

How do I know if I need a fire safety certificate or not?

With the exception of houses and certain agricultural buildings, a fire safety certificate is generally required for all new buildings, including apartments and flats. A fire safety certificate is also required for material changes of use and certain alterations and extensions to buildings. It is very important a fire safety certificate must be obtained before work starts.

Before you begin any work or make a material change of use, you should talk to a fire safety consultant for advice, it could save you a lot of time and money.

The fee charged by your local city or county council for a standard fire safety certificate application is €2.90 per square meter of internal floor area for the required application.

If you decide to go ahead with the building, alterations or change of use without applying for a fire safety certificate then you stand the risk of major problems down the road, along with a substantial increase in costs.

The fire certificate then required would be called a Regularisation Certificate which your local city or county council fee will be €11.60 per square meter of internal floor area for the required application, along with any changes to the building that may be required to enable a certificate application to be granted.

Are there different types of fire safety certificate applications?

There are two new types of fire safety certification introduced under SI 351, Building Control Amendment Regs, 2009?
• Revised Fire Safety Certificate also known as the seven day notice certificate.
• Regularisation Certificate.

How long should it take to get a fire safety certificate?

The statutory period allowed to a building control authority to process a fire safety certificate application is two months. However, some building control authorities will have the entire process completed much quicker than that, I have had Fire safety certificate applications granted within two weeks in certain counties.

Council fees for a fire safety certificate application.

Minimum Fee – €125.00
Maximum Fee – €12,500.00
Fees are calculated at €2.90 per square metre of internal floor area.
Fee for submission of a 7 Day notice: €5.80 per square metre of internal floor area. Minimum fee €250.
Fee for submission of a Regularisation Cert: €11.60 per square metre of internal floor area. Minimum Fee €500
Disability Access Certificate or Revised DAC application fee is a fixed fee of €800 per application, i.e. per building.

When a fire safety certificate application is submitted to your local building control authority you will be informed that a Disability Access Certificate is also required.

Fire Safety Certificates and Disability Access Certificates.

All new buildings or existing buildings which are intended to have internal alterations made to them which are commercial in nature, or public buildings, require a fire safety certificate and disability access certificate.
Both of these certificates are granted on foot of an application to the local Authority, and are similar to a planning application in that drawings, details and reports have to be compiled and submitted to the authority to show how the intended building will comply with the appropriate fire and disability legislation.

We can prepare applications for both types of certificates for you and would
be glad to discuss your project in detail.

For further information on Fire safety certificates and Disability Access Certificates please feel free to contact us with no obligation:
John Harrington. BEng, MIFireE, MIEI.

Apartment Blocks

9th August 2015.

Over the last few months I have been working on an apartment complex, there was a fire in one of the blocks which resulted in fatalities.
Some of the concerned owners contacted me and asked if I would meet with them to discuss their options. We met at the complex and went into the worst block which was closed down due to the severity of the damage that was caused by the fire. I had an initial walk through to access the damage and to decide what was required to re-open this block. This block remained closed for almost twelve months costing the owners in lost rent. The owners were not aware that the building did not comply with the fire safety certificate that was issued when they purchased their apartment. The owners and the management company did not want a re-occurrence of the previous incident so they retained my services to bring the entire complex up to standard. This incident resulted in fatalities, injuries, and property damage. You can read more about the issues that we discovered and the method that we used to bring the complex up to standard.

Does the apartment or apartment block comply with the original fire safety certificate? A fire safety certificate has been put in place for the safety of the occupants of a building.
There are some very easy ways of checking to see if it does comply.

This week we will look at the fire alarm system:
Is there a fire alarm system that has been serviced and certified by a competent person. When you look at the control panel of the fire alarm system it is self-explanatory and easy to follow. Take your time and read the information that is available. Most competent installers will attach to the wall easy to follow instructions and a contact number in the case of an emergency.

Is the common area protected by the fire alarm system, the common area is something that a lot of tenants are not familiar with.
The common area will include the stairway enclosure, the lobby area between apartments and the attic area.
Each of these areas will require detection, if you can get access to the attic area have a look to see if there is a smoke detector present. This will also be indicated on the control panel.

The main fire alarm system will also be connected to each apartment, this will be done by the installation of a detector and sounder located just inside the apartment door.

Each apartment will also require a standalone detection system. The areas that require smoke detectors are, bedrooms, hallway and living room, the Kitchen will require a heat detector, thesedetectors must be interconnected with a mains feed and a battery backup.

If you have concerns about the fire alarm system or the lack of an alarm system contact the management company and express your concerns.

If you need to contact me for advice feel free to do so.
Over the next few weeks we will discuss other issues that you will need to look out for in your apartment block.

Fire Prevention Consultant

Fire Prevention safety checklist.

You should be able to say YES to each of the following safety statements. If not, action is required and don’t stop until you can say YES to relevant points when you have. Not sure what action to take,

  1. 1  There is at least one smoke alarm on every floor of my home.
  2. 2  I test my smoke alarms once a week (or according to instructions) to make sure they are working at all times.
  3. 3  I replace the batteries at least once a year (or according to instructions).
  4. 4  I never disconnect the batteries.
  5. 5  All family members know the sound of the smoke alarms/detectors.
  1. 1  Our family has an action/escape plan.
  2. 2  We practice our plan and know our ways out.
  3. 3  The escape plan includes a safe place to meet outside the house where you can ensureeveryone got out safely.
  4. 4  We have at least two ways out from each part of our home.

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Smoke alarms Yes

Fire escape plan Yes

Fire Dangers Yes

Night routine Yes

All our family members know the EMERGENCY numbers 999 and 112.

Our cooker and extractor fan are clean and
free of grease. We turn cookers off when not in use.
We do not use our cooker to dry clothes.
We do not leave the room when our chip pan is on. We turn off and unplug electrical appliances when we are not using them.

We never overload electric sockets.
Our open fires have both spark and fire guards. We never use an open fire to dry clothes.
We clean all our chimneys regularly.

We keep portable heaters away from things that

can burn such as furniture, curtains and clothes.

  1. 11  We never leave lit candles in an empty room.
  2. 12  No one in our home smokes in bed.
  3. 13  We check our electric blankets in our homefor fraying, loose connections and damage.
  1. 1  We make sure the spark guards are in place on all open fires.
  2. 2  We switch off and unplug electrical appliances before we go to bed.
  3. 3  We close all doors at night.
  4. 4  We check out ways out and keep t hem clearat night.
  5. 5  If our doors or windows need keys for opening, we check the keys are in a readily accessible place, known to everyone in the home, before we go to bed.

Carbon Monoxide Detection

Carbon Monoxide awareness how to prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.

Carbon Monoxide is a colourless, odourless and poisonous gas, which is sometimes fatal. It develops from the incomplete combustion of solid fossil fuels such as oil, turf, gas or coal is a common source of CO(Carbon Monoxide) and is responsible for many cases of non-fatal unintentional CO poisoning. Each year in Ireland 1 or 2 people die from unintentional CO poisoning in the home in incidents related to the burning of fossil fuels.

Carbon Monoxide accumulate in the home as a result of any the following:
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  • Poorly installed, faulty or damaged heating appliances.
  • Heating appliance not maintained or serviced regularly.
  • Poor ventilated in rooms.
  • Blocked chimneys or flues get your chimney cleaned regularly.
  • Use of a barbecue grill or outdoor heater indoors.
  • Engines being used in garage or shed such as vehicles or lawnmowers.

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Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning can be similar to those caused by other illnesses such as a cold or flu. They may include:
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  • Nausea or vomiting, Shortness of breath, Confusion, Blurred vision, Loss of consciousness.
  • Headaches, Chest pains or Muscular pains/weakness
  • Sickness, diarrhoea or stomach pains
  • Sudden dizziness when standing up
  • General lethargy (lack of energy and enthusiasm)

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If you or anyone in your house has any of the symptoms outlined above get fresh air immediately, talk to your doctor as soon as possible and ask him or her to check for Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

If you find a person ill or unconscious near any fuel burning appliance, be careful in case you also become a casualty. Get fresh air immediately by opening windows and doors and seek urgent medical attention.

Stop using the appliance immediately and do not use it again until it has been checked by a registered installer or a qualified service agent.