SMOKE ALARM TO THE RESCUE
Occupants escape house fire in St George
SMOKE alarms save lives.
It’s one of the most well-known fire safety messages, but Acting Inspector Chris Martial of the Goondiwindi area command said working smoke alarms likely contributed to saving lives during a St George house fire last week.
“When crews arrived, the top level of the house was well involved (in the fire),” he said.
“Thankfully, all the occupants were notified of the fire in the house due to the fact they had working smoke alarms.”
After fire set off smoke alarms inside the home, it allowed for the safe evacuation of all residents from the property.
“There was one male who was asleep in one of the neighbouring rooms next to the one that was actually on fire, and that resident was woken by the working smoke alarm and he was able to evacuate himself out of the house safely.”
The first resident who investigated the house after the smoke alarm went off discovered the room that was engulfed in flames, allowing him to notify the rest of the household before everyone was evacuated safely.
Insp Martial said it reaffirmed the importance of having working smoke alarms in every home.
“One of the key messages that we try to enforce is that smoke alarms save lives, so it’s really important that people are familiar with smoke alarm legislation, which has recently changed in Queensland,” he said.
View the legislation changes online at www.fire.qld.gov.au.
Investigators are yet to determine the cause of the fire.
WARNING: A fire chief says working smoke alarms allowed a family to escape their burning home in St George last week.