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Fire Safety

The Fire Services Act 1981 & 2003 is one of the primary pieces of legislation relating to fire safety in buildings in Ireland. This act places a duty on every person having control over certain premises ( generally premises to which the public have access ) to:

  • take all reasonable measures to guard against the outbreak of fire on the premises
  • to ensure as far as is reasonably practicable the safety of persons on the premises in the event of an outbreak of fire.

To assist people to meet their responsibilities for fire safety the Department of the Environment and Local Government has published a series of fire safety publications for a range of different building types and functions.

The principles on which many of the codes are based are summarised as follows,

  • management of fire safety
  • avoidance of outbreaks of fire
  • early detection of fire and early warning to staff and guests to facilitate and adequate response
  • compartmentalisation of buildings and provision of escape routes, which are protected from fire and smoke
  • limitation of the development and spread of fire
  • containment of fire and smoke to the room where the fire originates
  • early suppression of fire, where feasible
  • effective evacuation procedures
  • access and facilities for the fire service

Government fire safety publications are available through the Government Publications Office, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2. Some are also available in pdf format on the Publications Section of the Department of the Environment website.


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