GOLD COASTERS are being urged to take more precautions to avoid fire risks as the danger level reaches ‘very high’ today.
RACQ Insurance feared communities were being placed at unnecessary bushfire risk, following research that revealed nearly half of Queenslanders had witnessed others ignoring total fire bans.
The Insurer’s 2014 Bushfire Preparedness Index also found 85% of those surveyed had witnessed drivers throwing cigarette butts from their cars.
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RACQ Executive Manager Insurance Communications Mike Sopinski said with a higher than normal bushfire risk for parts of the State, it was vital Queenslanders abided by total fire bans and all other local fire restrictions.
“The outlook for this bushfire season isn’t pretty, with drought conditions creating an above normal fire risk for parts of the State’s north and the south eastern corner,” Mr Sopinski said.
“It’s unacceptable for anyone to place communities at unnecessary risk by ignoring warnings, including total fire bans.
Mr Sopinski said the Insurer’s research also revealed 40 percent of those surveyed believed this year’s dry conditions had left their home at a greater risk of bushfire.
“With little or no rain, leaves and other materials become very dry and brittle, and act as fuel for bushfire embers, which can have a devastating effect if fire takes hold,” he said.