Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) are called to more structural fires in winter than at any other time of year.
After attending 524 home fires in the state last year, they are calling for Queenslanders to get fire escape ready this year.
Gold Coasters are being urged to plan, prepare and practise a fire escape plan at home to help keep themselves and their families safe.
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Here are QFES’ top tips to help put together your fire escape plan:
- Plan two ways to escape from every single room in the house
- Put a set of spare keys for doors and windows in a handy spot
- Have a few heavy objects handy around the house to break glass if there’s no other exit available
- Decide who will check the kids and others who need a hand escaping
- Practise getting out – both blindfolded and on all fours. Remember to keep low in case of smoke
- If you find yourself trapped on a second floor, remember to move to the furthest room away from the smoke and signal for help
- Choose a safe spot outside to meet should a fire break out
For locals who live in an apartment, QFES suggests following the building’s fire escape instructions when putting together a plan.
For more information on how to put together a fire escape plan, visit: www.qld.gov.au/fireescapeplan/