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Preventable house fires cause $5.5 million damage in June

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14 Jul 2015
Victorians caused more than $5 million damage in June from house fires that could have been prevented.

Firefighters attended 280 preventable house fires last month (MFB: 112, CFA: 168), 31 more than this time last year. The damage bill is calculated by firefighters who attend the scene.

The majority of fires (37 per cent) started in the kitchen, with 19 per cent were due to unattended cooking. 

However, a major concern is the number of heating-related fires, which equates to 26 per cent of preventable home fires.  Other top causes include electrical fires (21 per cent) and smoking (three per cent).

MFB Acting Chief Officer Paul Stacchino said moments of forgetfulness and neglect were often to blame for preventable house fires.

“There is nothing worse than responding to a fire that could have very easily been prevented had a little extra care been taken,” he said.

“The steps to protect your home this winter are very simple – never leave your cooking unattended, keep heaters at least a metre from combustibles like clothes or bedding, and have your appliances regularly maintained.”

MFB and CFA are running a fire safety campaign called the Safe Mistake Zone to help Victorians make a fun and safe mistake online, instead of unsafe mistakes in the home that can cause a fire.

CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson said last year 19 Victorians lost their lives in preventable house fires.

 “The Safe Mistake Zone has been a great way for us to engage with the community about the common causes of house fires and how to avoid them,” he said.

“A regional road show is currently underway with Safe Mistake Zone pop-up events all winter to help spread fire safety messages.”

To find out more about the campaign visit www.safemistakezone.com.au

 

Preventable Residential Structure Fires, June 2015

Local Government Area (LGA) Number of calls
Alpine 2
Ararat 1
Ballarat 10
Bass Coast 2
Baw Baw 2
Bayside 5
Benalla 1
Boroondara 6
Brimbank 7
Cardinia 1
Casey 14
Colac Otway 2
Darebin 11
Frankston 7
Glen Eira 10
Glenelg 2
Greater Bendigo 3
Greater Dandenong 12
Greater Geelong 16
Greater Shepparton 5
Hobsons Bay 2
Hume 4
Indigo 2
Kingston 3
Knox 5
Latrobe 3
Loddon 4
Macedon Ranges 2
Manningham 7
Mansfield 1
Maribynong 4
Maroondah 4
Melbourne 13
Melton 8
Mildura 4
Mitchell 2
Moira 1
Monash 5
Moonee Valley 4
Moorabool 2
Moreland 5
Mornington Peninsula 11
Mount Alexander 2
Moyne 1
Nillumbik 6
Northern Grampians 3
Port Phillip 3
Pyrenees 1
South Gippsland 2
Stonnington 8
Strathbogie 2
Surf Coast 1
Towong 1
Warrnambool 1
Wellington 1
West Wimmera 1
Whitehorse 5
Whittlesea 5
Wyndham 6
Yarra 11
Yarra Ranges 4
Yarriambiack 1
TOTAL 280

 

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