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15 Seconds Could Separate You From Life and Death

Parents can do a lot in 15 seconds, but they may also have as little as 15 seconds to get their families out of a house fire. 

So, what can you achieve in 15 seconds? Let's find out.

In 2017, the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) attended 524 home fires during winter. Understandably, they're urging people across the state to plan, prepare and practise their fire escape plan at home on June 22.

Fire happens fast, so having an escape plan could mean the difference between life and death.

It’s important you have a plan in place and know how to get out safely – even in the dark, or if smoke is obscuring your exits.

When creating an escape plan, make sure you know two ways to exit each room, keep keys to doors and windows close by, know who is responsible for helping others get out, and choose a safe meeting place outside to check everyone is out of danger before calling Triple Zero (000).

A lot can happen in 15 seconds.

You may have as little as 15 seconds to escape. Most fatal fires are preventable. So, take precautions to protect yourself, your family, and your home. This could mean practising your escape by using a blindfold and crawling on all fours to keep low in case of smoke. It is so simple to prepare. 

By heading to the Queensland Government's Fire Escape Plan, you can go through the steps to practise your fire escape plan to make sure you and your family get out safely. 

15 seconds is all it takes. 


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