The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) is urging all Queenslanders to make their homes safe by booking a free Safehome visit to help develop an emergency evacuation plan and reduce fire risks in and around your home.
QFRS Assistant Commissioner North Coast Region John Watson said house fires were more likely to occur throughout the winter months and advised residents to develop and practice an emergency evacuation plan now.
Last year, 544 house fires occurred in Queensland during the months of June, July and August.
Help reduce the risk of fires by booking a free Safehome visit through the QFRS Safehome program, sponsored by NRMA Insurance.
“A Safehome visit is conducted by trained fire fighters and provides residents with a checklist to help them make their home fire safe and assists in making a fire evacuation plan,” Mr Watson said.
“Most people have fire risks in their homes and a typical 45-minute Safehome visit can identify potential hazards that put lives at risk.”
Mr Watson said it was important to sit down with your household and plan how to get out of the house quickly in an emergency.
“A house can become well involved within minutes and every second counts when exiting the home at the first sign of fire,” he said.
“Create a plan identifying all possible exit routes, making sure you cater for all members of the household, including the young, elderly and disabled.
“An emergency evacuation plan also needs to detail a safe assembly point outside of the home where all members of the household will meet after evacuating.”
Mr Watson said it was important for all members of the household to practise the plan to make sure there are no shortfalls or obstacles and for children to have the plan explained to them clearly.
For more information on how to plan an evacuation see http://www.fire.qld.gov.au/communitysafety/home/evacuation.asp.
If a house fire does occur, residents are urged to leave immediately and call Triple Zero (000) from a safe place.
The QFRS offers a free home fire safety audit service to all residents. To book your Safehome visit, call 13 QGOV (13 74 68).or visit www.fire.qld.gov.au Safehome is proudly supported by NRMA Insurance.