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Targeting Residential Fire Safety. Chris Barber. Protecting lives and property A Disaster in Slow Motion. State of Victoria. A Disaster in Slow Motion. CFA Area Only. Targeting Residential Fire Safety. Major Causes of Home Fires.

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targeting residential fire safety
Targeting Residential Fire Safety

Chris Barber

Protecting lives and property

a disaster in slow motion

A Disaster in Slow Motion

State of Victoria

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Targeting Residential Fire Safety

Major Causes of Home Fires

  • Electrical appliances and wiring (24%)
  • Unattended cooking (19%)
  • Heating (12%)
    • Wood fuelled (8%)
  • 35% start in the Kitchen
  • 9% start in the Lounge Room
  • 9% start in the Bedroom
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What are our key residential fire safety messages?

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Key messages

  • More people die in house fires than bushfire
  • Only working smoke alarms save lives
  • Change smoke alarm batteries annually
  • Test smoke alarms monthly
  • Clean smoke alarms regularly
  • Smoke alarms should be replaced after 10 years
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Key messages

  • Never leave cooking unattended
  • Always use a fire screen in front of an open fire
  • Keep clothing, curtains and toys 1 metre from the heater
  • Never overload power boards
  • Clean lint filter on your clothes dryer after each use
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Key messages

  • Plan and practise your home fire escape plan with your family
  • Get out, stay out and call 000 (triple zero)
  • Crawl low in smoke
  • Deadlocks may hinder your escape in an emergency
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Targeting Residential Fire Safety

A fresh look – factors that increase risk of home fire fatality

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Environmental Factors

  • Living alone
  • Start in the lounge room
  • No working smoke alarm
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Fire Agent

  • Smoking caused 41% of fatal fires
  • Portable heaters 12x more likely to be involved in fatal fires than other appliances
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Human Factors

  • Over half of all fatalities tested positive for alcohol
    • 92% of these greater than BAC 0.10
  • Over 70 years of age 12x more likely to die in a house fire
  • Almost half fatalities were asleep
    • 85% survivors were awake
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Targeting Residential Fire Safety

Who’s at risk in my area?

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Six Major Factors?

  • One
  • Two
  • Three
  • Four
  • Five
  • Six
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  • Two minutes
    • List all places you can go to target these risk factors
    • Ways you can target these risk factors
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Targeting Residential Fire Safety


If we have time…

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