The Courier-Mail

Ignorance raises risk as bushfire season looms


WITH A busier-than-normal fire season expected, new research reveals Queensland communitie­s are being placed at unnecessar­y risk.

Thirty-five per cent of homeowners polled by RACQ’s 2015 Insurance Bushfire Preparedne­ss index x said they would not t know what to do if flames engulfed their properties.

The survey of more than 1000 residents also revealed nearly half (47 per cent) had witnessed others ignoring total fire bans, while nearly 9 per cent (8.9 per cent) admitted that they often ignored total fire bans.

The RACQ’s M Mike Sopinski sa said that it was d disturbing how m many Queensland­ersla were unprepared­p for the bushfireb threat.

“Residents shouldsh set out preciselyp how theyth and d their family would respond to a bushfire emergency,” he said. NEIL DOORLEY

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