Apathetic attitude towards fire safety a concern
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.”