Station officer Marcus Barrett with Terry and Joan Maher.
Station officer Marcus Barrett with Terry and Joan Maher.

Seniors urged to book a Safehome visit now

QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services officers are urging seniors to book a free Safehome visit.

QFES commissioner Katarina Carroll said elderly residents were among the most vulnerable when it came to house fires and fire safety was paramount.

"As part of the Safehome program, firefighters visit homes to help residents recognise fire and safety hazards in and around their property," Ms Carroll said.

"Most people have fire risks in their homes and a few simple precautions and safety tips from a firefighter, such as the correct positioning and installation of smoke alarms and developing a fire escape plan, could save lives and property.

"All homes have different requirements but a visit should take no longer than 45 minutes.

"As Queenslanders, we are known for our ability to look out for each other and I encourage everyone to check on elderly neighbours, friends or relatives and ask the important question of whether they have had a Safehome visit and show them how they can book one."

QFES acting manager community engagement Kevin Reading said Safehome visits could be arranged for all residents, regardless of whether they owned their home or were renting.

"It is necessary for the person living in the property to call and book the visit. If you are renting, tenants should book the visit and not lessors/agents," Mr Reading said.

"If the firefighters recommend making changes to the property during the visit, such as installing a smoke alarm, the tenant should raise this with the lessor or agent and discuss options.

It is compulsory by law for all Queensland homes to have smoke alarms installed and photoelectric smoke alarms are the preferred option endorsed by QFES.

To book a Safehome visit, phone 137 468 or go to http://www.qfes.qld.gov.au/communitysafety/freeprograms/safehome.asp.


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