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Housefire Deaths Increase

Housefire Deaths Increase

Locals Urged to Check Smoke Alarms

There was an increase in Victorians who died in house fires in 2020, a new report reveals, prompting an urgent smoke alarm warning by Victoria’s fire services.

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Country Fire Authority and Fire Rescue Victoria data reveals 22 people died in preventable house fires in 2020, and half of the impacted properties did not having working smoke alarms.

Local CFA Assistant Chief Fire Officer Stewart Kreltszheim says the increase is partly due to more people being home during lockdown. Officer Kreltszheim also says wintery weather increases the danger.

"The cold wind is blowing off the hills, people are putting on their heaters and turning them up. We do have house fire seasons and that starts around May/June, and tragically we lose people in house fires every year," he says.

"The bushfire season takes a lot of the publicity and the profile, but we do have house fire seasons and that starts around May/June, and tragically we lose people in house fires every year."

Officer Kreltszheim added that three Victorians died in three separate fires just last weekend, including a child.

He says these tragic deaths reinforce the importance of making sure smoke alarms are installed in all the right places, and that their batteries are charged.

"It's critical, especially for those people who are vulnerable like the elderly or people who are differently abled. Smoke alarms are great, but they're only great if they're checked and they're working."

For detailed information about different types of smoke alarms and where they should be installed, head to: https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/fires-in-the-home/smoke-alarms

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