FIRE SMART: Neil Goodman has a few winter safety tips that come from experience.
FIRE SMART: Neil Goodman has a few winter safety tips that come from experience. Alasdair Young

Get a plan, get an alarm this fire season

AS THE peak period for house fires in Queensland approaches, Acting QFES Inspector Neil Goodman is doing the rounds in the Western Downs.

One of the last fires Mr Goodman responded to in Dalby was on January 7, when a young family had to clamber out of their window, leaving their dog trapped in the laundry.

In Mr Goodman’s decades of experience having a smoke alarm and a practised escape plan were the greatest safeguards against potentially lethal house fires.

“Escape plans are so relevant, particularly with young children in the house. I’ve got a practised escape plan in my house. With four young children, it’s imperative that everyone knows what to do,” he said.

“And for the 25 to 30 dollars you pay for a smoke alarm, it’s the cheapest piece of life-saving equipment you’ll ever buy.

“(Fires) can turn very serious, very fast.”

It is critical to regularly practise an escape plan with the whole family, preferably drawn up on a piece of paper, with two exits in every room and a defined meeting place.

To learn more about escape plans and smoke alarms, visit the website www.qfes.qld.gov.au.


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