The Mayo Fire Service is urging householders to test their smoke alarms regularly, and to have an escape plan in place should a fire occur.
Today is the start of National Fire Safety Week, which encourages people to check their smoke alarms regularly, and to check in on vulnerable neighbours and friends to ensure they're mindful of fire safety.
On average, 32 people die in Ireland each year as a result of fires - the vast majority of these in house fires, and most of those die from smoke inhalation rather than burns.
The incidence of house fires is much higher for older people living alone.
To mark National Fire Safety Week, open days will be held at the Fire Stations in Claremorris and Ballina this Wednesday and in Castlebar Fire Station on Thursday.