In Your Home You Are A Fire Warden

In Your Home You Are A Fire Warden

Victoria Deputy Premier Peter Ryan

Victoria Minister for Emergency Services Peter Ryan 

Be Vigilant And Protect Your Family This Winter

Victor P Taffa

Deputy Premier and Minister for Emergency Services Peter Ryan today urged Victorians to be on high alert this winter as the threat of fires in the home increases during the cooler months.

Mr. Ryan spent the morning with Year 7 students and budding young chefs from Sale Secondary College to officially launch the joint Country Fire Association (CFA) and Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) Winter Home Fire Safety campaign.

“There were more than 1,200 residential fires in Victoria last winter and in regional Victoria alone two people lost their lives, 41 people were injured and over $15 Million worth of estimated damage was caused as a result of house fires.” Mr. Ryan said.

“The vast majority of house fires can be prevented and over the coming 100 days the CFA and MFB will team up to send a clear message across the state: In your home you are a fire warden.”

Mr. Ryan said everyone, including young people, could help protect the home from the threat of fire by keeping an eye out for risks and hazards.

“It’s never too early to give children the knowledge they need to become great ambassadors for fire safety around the home.” Mr. Ryan said.

“The focus of today’s launch is the kitchen environment; while fires in bedrooms caused by heating equipment increase dramatically during the winter months and blocked chimneys can also be a hazard.”

“A working smoke alarm can save your life together with a plan about how to get out of your house in case of a fire.”

Mr. Ryan said the state-wide campaign would target key groups including schools and maternal child health centres as well as vulnerable groups such as the elderly.

The CFA and MFB are asking everyone across the state to start their own winter safety campaign by:

• Checking that the smoke alarms in your house work;

• Talking about how you would get out of your house if there was a fire;

• Being vigilant and planning ahead.