Gold Coasters are being urged to make their home fire-safe and prepare a fire escape plan as the city heads into the winter months.
The warning comes from Queensland’s Fire and Emergency Services, who last winter had to respond to more than 550 home fires across the state.
Queensland’s Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan said winter months were typically the most common for house fires and “so it’s a good time for families to sit down with their loved ones and prepare a fire escape plan.”
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“In the event of a fire breaking out in your home, you may only have a small amount of time to get out. And having an escape plan could be the difference between life and death,” the Minister said.
“It’s important for everyone in your household to discuss, prepare and practice an escape plan so, if a fire occurs, everyone knows what to do.
“When creating your escape plan, ensure you have two ways to escape from each room in the house, check there are spare keys handy for doors and windows, have a heavy object handy to break glass to escape and pick a safe meeting place outside of your home.
“You should also regularly practice using your escape plan to get out, and make it realistic by using a blindfold and crawling on all fours so you know how to keep low in case of smoke,” said Mr Ryan.
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service offers a free home fire safety visit called Safehome. To book a Safehome visit call 13 QGOV (13 74 68) or to find out more about fire safety, visit www.qfes.qld.gov.au