Fire a hot topic in Hornsby

A draw­ing comp that makes lit­tlies more fire-aware

Monthly Chronicle - - News -

As the weather cools and we flick on heaters and light fires, it’s a chill­ing thought that Hornsby is one of the worst ar­eas in the state for do­mes­tic fires.

In 2016 there were 55 house­hold fires in the Hornsby area, mak­ing it into the top 25 list of house­hold fires across the state, while in Ku-ring-gai had just 31.

To slash the num­ber of fire-re­lated deaths across the state - with a sub­stan­tial per­cent­age of these fa­tal­i­ties be­ing young chil­dren - Fire & Res­cue NSW has launched the Brigade Kids Cham­pion Com­pe­ti­tion to teach NSW kids about fire safety.

The poster- draw­ing com­pe­ti­tion for kids from kinder­garten to year 2, aims to teach young kids what they need to do in the case of a fire. There are three strate­gies the cam­paign aims to push: get down low and go go go, call 000 in case of a fire, and prac­tice your es­cape plan and have a safe meet­ing place. It’s these mea­sures or­gan­is­ers want to see repli­cated in some form, in a poster.

“Many house fires start in the kitchen - most of them are pre­ventable, but a lack of knowl­edge about the risk fac­tors can be haz­ardous,” said Act­ing Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent, Mick Olleren­shaw of Com­mu­nity Safety and Re­search

“The most com­mon causes we see tend to in­clude mis­takes like leav­ing food unat­tended, for­get­ting to turn the oven or stove off af­ter cook­ing and fail­ing to un­plug elec­tri­cal de­vices.”

Kids de­velop a fire fas­ci­na­tion from a young age, he said, and schools are an ideal en­vi­ron­ment for young kids to learn fire safety, which can then be put into prac­tice at home if nec­es­sary.

“As chil­dren are a key at-risk group be­cause of their young age and in­ex­pe­ri­ence with the dan­gers of fire, we in­tro­duced the Brigade Kids Cham­pion Com­pe­ti­tion to help kids learn about fire safety by us­ing their cre­ativ­ity to con­vey im­por­tant fire safety messages.”

The poster-draw­ing com­pe­ti­tion runs from 13 March to 23rd April, with win­ners an­nounced on 4th May, with win­ning posters scor­ing Lego and X-Box prizes. En­ter your child’s poster at: www.brigadekids.com.

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