People at higher risk

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.

For more information on how At Risk Groups Unit may be able to help you, please do not hesitate to contact FRV on 1300 367 617 or email