Survey shows what people would most likely save in a fire

WALLETS and handbags were among the top personal items Queenslanders would save from a burning home, according to the latest research by RACQ Insurance.

RACQ Executive Manager Insurance Communications Mike Sopinski said the insurer's 2015 Home Fire Safety Index revealed there were favourite personal items householders would immediately reach for if they were unfortunate enough to experience a home fire.

"Our research shows firstly people will save wallets, purses and handbags. This falls well ahead of their pets, which ranks second on our list," Mr Sopinski said.

"Mobile phones and tablets are items Queenslanders are third most likely to save, followed by driver licences and photographs."

Mr Sopinski urged Queenslanders to be aware the winter months were a traditionally high-risk period for home fires.

"Now is the time to do a quick home fire safety audit by checking you have working smoke alarms and at least the basics to fight a fire in the home - an extinguisher and a fire blanket."

Personal items householders would most likely save in a home fire:

*The 2015 RACQ Insurance Home Fire Safety Index research is based on an internet survey of 1019 Queensland householders conducted during May, and an analysis of claims lodged RACQ Insurance policyholders in 2014.

Which three items would you be most likely to save?

This poll ended on 04 June 2015.

Current Results

Wallet/purse/handbag

24%

Pets

30%

iPhone/mobile/phone/tablet

9%

Driver licence

3%

Photos

9%

Cash

6%

Lap top

6%

Computer

3%

Passport

0%

Computer back-up drive

0%

Jewellery

3%

Glasses

0%

Certificates

0%

University degree

0%

Clothing

3%

Stamps/coins/records

0%

Shoes

3%

Sunglasses

0%

Musical instrument

0%

Letters

0%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Fire safety tips from the Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services: 

Every year people die in house fires, most die from inhaling toxic smoke and dangerous fumes. Sadly, most household fires are accidental and preventable.

Fires starting in the bedroom or lounge room account for 73% of all house fire fatalities. (Source: FESA 2010/11 Annual Report)

Losing your home to fire is a devastating experience with huge emotional and financial costs. By installing a smoke alarm in your home and preparing an escape plan you can help protect your family and property.

If a fire starts in your home, never beat the fire as this increases oxygen flow causing it to spread, leave and call triple zero (000) immediately.

Tips to protect your property from fire

  • Install mains powered smoke alarms
  • Develop and practice an Escape Plan with household members
  • When installing security, always select a licensed installer
  • When installing heating systems only used qualified tradesmen
  • Guard open fires with a fine mesh screen to prevent sparks and logs falling out
  • Clean chimney and flues regularly from built-up ash and soot
  • Be alert when cooking and never leave food unattended
  • Never leave lit cigarettes to burn unattended
  • Never leave children unattended with candles, matches and lighters
  • Only purchase fire blankets and extinguishers that meet Australian Standards
  • Know what to do if a person's clothing catches on fire. Stop, drop, cover and roll


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