This Seniors Week Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is urging everyone to be proactive about fire safety in the home and consider booking a free Safehome visit.
QFES Acting Director of Community Engagement Eamonn Lennon said elderly residents were amongst the most vulnerable when it came to house fires and fire safety was paramount.
“The Safehome program involves firefighters visiting properties to help residents recognise fire and safety hazards in and around their home,” Mr Lennon said.
“Everyone has some level of fire risk in their home and a few simple precautions and safety tips from a firefighter, such as the correct installation of smoke alarms and development a fire escape plan, could save lives and property.
“As all homes have different requirements, the length of the Safehome program will vary, however a visit should take no longer than 45 minutes.”
Mr Lennon also stressed the importance of community when it comes to fire safety.
“It is part of the ‘true blue’ Aussie culture to look out for one another and I encourage everyone to check on elderly neighbours, friends or relatives and ask the important question of whether they have had a Safehome visit and help them to arrange one if needed,” he said.
Mr Lennon said Safehome visits could be arranged for all residents, regardless of whether they owned their home or were renting.
“It is up to the person living in the property to call and book the visit. If you are renting, you, as a tenant should book the visit, not lessors or agents,” Mr Lennon said.
“If the firefighters recommend making changes to the property during the visit, such as installing a smoke alarm, the tenant should raise this with the lessor or agent and discuss their options.”
QFES also has a ‘Senior and Safer’ resource available that outlines practical tips for a safer home.