Fire Safety Tips
- Get smoke alarms and test them regularly – €15 is a small price to pay to protect yourself. Put it somewhere it can be heard all over the house. Get a second one if you have to.
- Keep a fire extinguisher and fire blanket in your kitchen.
- Make sure that all electrical appliances, sockets and leads are in good working order. Don’toverload sockets.
- Never turn your back on a frier. Don’t use water on a chip pan fire.
- Check that your cooker is turned off and put out an open fire before you go to bed.
- With an open fire, always use a fireguard and make sure the room is ventilated.
- Plug out appliances, especially the television, before going to bed.
- Smokers, use proper ashtrays and don’t smoke in bed.
- Roll, don’t fold, an electric blanket if you’re storing it.
- Keep heaters away from furniture and curtains and don’t move them when they are on. Make sure there’s ventilation in rooms where you use them.
- Have an escape plan. Know how you and your housemates would get out if you had to.
- Don’t leave your phone charger in the socket when it’s not in use
- Carbon Monoxide is a colourless, odourless poisonous gas and is a common yet preventable cause of death from poisoning. Carbon Monoxide detectors can be bought for around €30 in a DIY store.
Most day-time burglaries take place in unoccupied homes. Windows are the most common means of entry in domestic cases. When leaving the house, close any windows which can be climbed into. Make sure you don’t leave valuables where they can be seen through the window. Secure your windows, doors, sheds and garages and don’t cut more keys than you have to! If you have a spare, give it to someone you trust. Don’t leave obvious signs of a vacant apartment such as closed curtains during daylight hours. Just in case you are broken into, you should mark your property so it can be identified. Don’t leave loose cash at home and keep bank cards in a safe place. Consider insuring any valuables you have such as laptops, Playstations etc.
The Gardaí in Galway can be reached on 091 538000 or in an emergency ring 999 or 112.