Every minute counts so plan for a safe escape this winter
A series of controlled burns filmed by the
Department of Fire and Emergency Services have shown how rapidly fire, smoke
and toxic fumes can fill a room and turn deadly.
A fire in a modern home has the potential to
spread and engulf a room in under five minutes.
The vision of the controlled burns
demonstrates the need for Western Australians to treat home fire safety as a
priority this winter by checking their smoke alarms and having a clear plan for
Last winter firefighters attended on average
two accidental house fires every day across the State.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner
Darren Klemm said house fires have a devastating emotional, physical and
financial impact on hundreds of Western Australians every year.
“Most of us think it will never happen to me
but fires can and do happen, so it’s critical to plan how you can get you, your
family and your pets to safety as quickly as possible,” Commissioner Klemm
“Having and communicating that plan with
everyone in your home is a simple but potentially life-saving step to ensuring
you escape with your lives.”
Commissioner Klemm said smoke alarm
complacency could have devastating consequences.
“The speed and ferocity of fire should never
be underestimated. Smoke alarms are your first defence against fire in your
home,” he said.
“Check your alarms are working, that they’re
clean and the batteries are up to date. The more notice you have of a fire, the
better the chance you have of escaping.
“All alarms, regardless of type or model,
need to be replaced at least every 10 years.”
Executive Director of Building and Energy Ken
Bowron said more than 50 people across Australia die each year in house fires
and many more are injured, so there is an urgent need for people to be aware of
the dangers of many common winter warmers.
“We want everyone to have a safe winter but
many products can be unsafe if they are old, faulty or not used correctly. Just
taking a few minutes to check heaters and electric blankets before use can
prevent serious injuries or even a tragedy,” Mr Bowron said.
For more information and tips on how to keep
your family and home safe this winter visit dfes.wa.gov.au/wintersafe
Further information on electrical safety
issues can be obtained at www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/energysafety
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