House on fire? Most would grab their wallet first

WALLETS and handbags were among the top personal items Queenslanders would save from a burning home, according to the latest research by RACQ Insurance.

RACQ executive manager insurance communications Mike Sopinski said the insurer's 2015 Home Fire Safety Index revealed there were favourite personal items householders would immediately reach for if they were unfortunate enough to experience a home fire.

"Our research shows firstly people will save wallets, purses and handbags. This falls well ahead of their pets, which rank second on our list," Mr Sopinski said.

"Mobile phones and tablets are items Queenslanders are third most likely to save, followed by driver licences and photographs."

Mr Sopinski urged Queenslanders to be aware the winter months were a traditionally high-risk period for home fires.

"Now is the time to do a quick home fire safety audit by checking you have working smoke alarms and at least the basics to fight a fire in the home - an extinguisher and a fire blanket."

Householders also admitted they would try to save art work, childhood toys, sunglasses, books, sporting equipment and sporting memorabilia, fragrances and bottles of alcohol.


  1. Wallet/purse/handbag: 71.7%
  2. Pets: 55.9%
  3. iPhone/mobile phone/tablet: 48.6%
  4. Driver licence: 48.4%
  5. Photographs: 45.7%

What would you save first if your house was on fire?

This poll ended on 03 July 2015.

Current Results

Wallet, purse or handbag




Mobile phone or tablet


Driver's licence




This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

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