House fire stats on way down
WHILE road accident numbers are increasing, the figures on house fires are dropping.
Ray Eustace said statistics on structural fires were showing a downward trend – from 205 three years ago to 120 last year in Maryborough alone.
“That’s possibly due to the new smoke alarm legislation, where it’s now compulsory for houses to have smoke alarms, and our community education programs,” Mr Eustace said.
“Legislation includes real estate agents who also have a responsibility to make sure alarms are in rental homes. Further to this we often get complaints from people who say neighbours haven’t got them – that helps when we follow up.”
Mr Eustace said the number of false alarm callouts had also dropped in recent years.
“Motor vehicle accidents and fires are now more frequent than unwanted alarm activations (false alarms),” he said.
“A lot of that is because of our building approval officers and the unwanted alarms team we have that looks at buildings where an alarm is connected to us (like nursing homes and hospitals) and their testing.”