REVEALED: The top items Queenslanders would save from a burning home

Forget photographs – wallets and iPhones are the first things Queenslanders would save from a burning home, according to a new study by RACQ.

RACQ Executive Manager Insurance Communications Mike Sopinski said the study revealed the personal items householders would immediately reach for in the event of a house fire. “Our research shows firstly people will save wallets, purses and handbags. This falls well ahead of their pets, which ranks third on our list,” Mr Sopinski said.“In the digital world we’re living in, it’s not surprising to see our reliance on smart phones and tablets has them rated as the second most important item to grab in a fire.”

Mr Sopinski urged Queenslanders to be aware the winter months were a traditionally high-risk period for home fires. “Now is the time to do a quick home fire safety audit by checking you have working smoke alarms and at least the basics to fight a fire in the house – an extinguisher and a fire blanket.”


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These are the personal items householders would most likely save in a home fire:
1. Wallet/purse/handbag 36.4%
2. iPhone/Mobile/Tablet 30.2%
3. Pets 27.8%
4. Driver licence 26.6%
5. Passport 24.1%
6. Cash 23.4%
7. Photos (family, wedding etc) 22.5%
8. Laptop 21.8%
9. Computer back-up drive 14.4%
10. Jewellery 12.2%
11. Certificate 10.0%
12. Glasses 9.7%
13. Clothing 5.7%
14. University Degree 5.1%
15. Stamps, comics, records 2.7%
16. Letters 2.4%
17. Shoes 2.3%
18. Artwork (painting, statues) 2.2%
19. Childhood toy 2.1%
20. Sporting memorabilia 0.9%