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Logan Mayor calls for focus on fire awareness

Published: 3 September 2015

Logan Mayor calls for focus on fire awareness
Logan Mayor Pam Parker speaks with media about the need for greater community fire awareness following Logan’s latest house fire.

Logan Mayor Pam Parker has appealed to residents to be better prepared for fires following a spate of house fires across the City of Logan.

A blaze on Jacaranda Avenue that left a family of nine homeless on Wednesday night was the latest in a series of fires that have taken lives and destroyed family homes across the city in recent months.

Mayor Parker said the frequency of house fires in the city pointed to a worrying trend that needed to be addressed with greater fire safety awareness.

"These are tragic events that devastate those affected and the communities around them," Cr Parker said.

"We are calling on people in our community to consider their safety and the safety of their family and friends by making sure their homes are fire ready.

"That means installing photoelectric smoke detectors in their homes and checking that the smoke alarms already installed in their homes work.

"It means having an evacuation plan in place so that they can get themselves and their loved ones to safety quickly in the event of an emergency.

"Just a few small actions now could save a life in the future.

"The front page of our local newspaper is carrying a headline today about the fires saying 'Enough' and I agree.

"These are tragedies that can be avoided with better fire education and fire awareness and we have a responsibility to ensure we do all we can to stop more of them occurring in our community."

Logan residents will have an opportunity to learn more about preparing for a disaster or emergency at Logan's Big Safe Day Out on Sunday 13 September.

Council staff will be joined by members from Queensland's fire, police and ambulance services and other organisations for the free community event from 9am to 3pm art Gould Adams Park in Kingston.