26 September 2023

Firefighters busy in pre-season fires

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Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews have already attended more than 65 residential structure fires in the South Eastern Region since 1 May of this year.

Logan Area Commander for the QFES, Geoff Townsley said Logan was a major focus for the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) with approximately 23 of the incidents located in the Logan City Local Government Area.

“Though Ipswich, Beenleigh, Southport and Beaudesert are also considered high-risk localities, Logan continues to be a major hot spot for house fires,” Mr Townsley said.

“Due to the colder weather, people are spending a lot more time indoors, using appliances and heating equipment which can increase the chances of a fire starting.”

He said the QFES often saw a spike in house fires during the cooler months, so it was important to remain vigilant at home, particularly during winter.

Mr Townsley said the top three causes of residential structure fires so far this winter were cooking equipment, heating systems and electrical distribution equipment like power boards.

“As we start to see the temperatures drop even further, it is very important to prepare,” he said.

“This includes checking appliances for fraying or exposed cords, taking care when using matches, lighters and candles, and making sure flammable materials aren’t placed too close to curtains or bedding.”

QFES Assistant Commissioner, Kevin Walsh said another step families should take was to create and regularly practice a fire escape plan.

“The importance of having an escape plan cannot be overestimated,” Mr Walsh said.

“There is very little time between hearing your smoke alarm and making an escape, so it’s essential the entire household knows how to make their way out of the building in a safe and timely manner,” he said.

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