Fire a hot topic in Hornsby

A drawing comp that makes littlies more fire-aware

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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