"House fires happen everyday. The biggest tragedy is that the majority of house fires are preventable.".
The Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC) published a report in March 2005 detailing the findings of a national study into residential fire deaths in Australia and New Zealand.
The AFAC Report indicates that the groups of people at risk from dying in house fires are;
children under the age of 4 years old,
people over the age of 65 (with vulnerability increasing with age),
and adults affected by alcohol.
General findings show that more deaths occurred during sleeping hours of the cooler months, May to September.
Most fires occurred in owner-occupied houses and were mainly caused by electrical faults, smoking materials, heaters, open fires and lamps.
Smoke alarms were not fitted in most of the homes where deaths occurred and in those that did have them, 31% of them were not working.
If you have people in your care that fit within these vulnerable groups it is recommended that you read the following information and put measures in place ensure the risk to these people is minimised. If you can't find the answer to your questions within these pages please contact us for assistance.
 'Accidental Fire Fatalities in Residential Structures - Who's at Risk?' (March 2005) Australasian Fire Authorities Council, Melbourne, Australia.
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