Who is at risk?
The risk of a residential fire, as well as the risk of injury and death from fire, is greater in certain population groups.
These "at-risk groups" are comprised of "individuals unable to receive, understand, or act on information prior to or during an actual emergency" (Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council, 2009).
At-risk groups include:
- older people
- the very young (aged 0-4)
- people with disabilities
- People in homes affected by hoarding
- People in homes with no working smoke alarm
- people who experience social and financial disadvantage
- People who smoke.
For these individuals, fire risk may be one component in a broader range of risks which impact their safety, health, and wellbeing. Due to demographic and social factors, at-risk groups represent a growing proportion of the population in Victoria.
Reviewed 21 June 2022