Ap­a­thetic at­ti­tude to­wards fire safety a con­cern

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

FRESH fig­ures re­leased by the Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices re­veal that more than half of the WA pop­u­la­tion are not con­cerned by the pos­si­bil­ity of a house fire.

Fire fight­ers have at- tended more than 400 house fires al­ready this year, with three-quar­ters of those the re­sult of an ac­ci­dent.

The top causes in­clude elec­tri­cal equip­ment spark­ing, items left near heaters and fire­places, and cook­ing be­ing left unat­tended.

Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter Joe Fran­cis said the re­sults were cause for con­cern.

“There is def­i­nitely an ‘it’ll never hap­pen to me’ men­tal­ity with home fire safety, which means peo­ple can be un­der-pre­pared for what to do when an emer­gency oc­curs,” he said.

“As this cold weather con­tin­ues, it is more crit­i­cal than ever to be vig­i­lant.”

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