We still don’t know how many buildings in Australia have the cheap inflammable aluminium cladding that caused fire to spread so rapidly in the Lacrosse building in Melbourne a couple of years ago, as well as a number of high rise fires in Dubai, including the New Year’s Eve blaze in the Address Downtown hotel. But there’s a lot.
Smouldering cigarette ends and out of control barbecues have been identified as the causes of at least three of the better-known fires (although the Grenfell fire in London started from an electrical fault).
Yet everyone routinely ignores the advice from fire safety authorities to regularly check your gas fittings, not to use gas barbecues in a confined space and have a water supply nearby in case there is a fire.
We are also advised not to let children or people affected by alcohol near barbecues. Yeah, that’ll work.