Residential fire fatalities occur at a concerning rate, but tend not to gain the same media focus as damage caused by bushfires.
Yet, on average, there is more than one residential fire-related death every week across the country – considerably more than occurs during bushfires.
These incidents have a significant and long-lasting impact upon individuals, families, communities, and firefighters and other emergency services workers, yet they are overwhelmingly preventable.
Research by AFAC has shown the prevalence of residential fire fatalities, and the need for effective strategies to improve safety of people in their homes.
In this presentation, Amanda Leck from Australian Institute of Disaster Resilience will outline the latest research and talk about how it is likely to influence public policy.