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Media Release

Devastating home fires a reality this winter
Tuesday 19 July 2016 – 9:00 AM

With a tragic start to winter the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is urging residents to stay safe and take precautions to avoid house fires. 

Since cooler weather began this year, 186 accidental house fires throughout the State have tragically killed two people, inflicted numerous injuries and caused serious damage. 

DFES Fire Investigation and Analysis Unit District Officer Andy Duckworth said catastrophic house fires are a real risk for every family, especially in the cooler months. 

"Most people think a fire in their home will never happen to them, but it can happen to anyone and is often devastating for those involved,” District Officer Duckworth said. 

"The reality is that a fire can engulf a house within minutes, with flames and smoke rapidly spreading throughout the home, threatening your family and pets. 

"Even the smallest fires can quickly escalate, so it is vital that you have a home escape plan that you have practiced with your loved ones.” 

District Officer Duckworth said people can prevent a fire in their home by taking a few simple precautions. 

"We all have a responsibility to understand house fire risks and take the right steps to keep ourselves and our family safe,” he said. 

"Home fires are often caused by unattended heat sources such as cooking left on stoves, candles and flammable materials left too close to wood fireplaces and heaters. 

"Many fires can be prevented if people are aware of the dangers and put safety measures in place such as working smoke alarms.” 

For more information and tips on how to keep your home and family safe this winter visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au/wintersafe/ 


Media Contact: DFES Media and Corporate Communications 9225 5955 


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