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Ballarat next to make safe mistakes

By: CFA Media

Category: Community Safety

  3.29 PM 3 September, 2014

Location: District 15 News

Views: 1408

CFA will be hosting its Safe Mistake Zone – a fun pop-up event in Ballarat’s Bridge Mall tomorrow, 4 September to promote home fire safety.

The Safe Mistake Zone campaign aims to increase awareness of the thousands of preventable home fires that are caused by small mistakes each year. The campaign was launched by CFA and MFB in July.

New statistics show that in July 2014, there were 282 preventable home fires^^ in Victoria.

Common culprits of house fires caused by small mistakes in the home are the result of unattended cooking, smoking, poorly maintained appliances or hanging clothes too close to a heater.

“We encourage Ballarat residents to come join us for a visually engaging display of safe mistakes people can make such as getting a bad tattoo, getting married on a whim or getting a bad hairdo” CFA Community Education Co-ordinator Chris Carey said.

As part of the campaign, a V/Line train has been branded and is travelling across regional Victoria promoting the Safe Mistake Zone campaign. The V/Line train will be stationed at Ballarat Station at 12.39pm tomorrow.

The Safe Mistake Zone campaign uses humour to draw attention to the unsafe mistakes we make in the home by contrasting them to these light-hearted ‘safe mistakes’ that can be made via the campaign.

Visit the Safe Mistake Zone at Bridge Mall on Thursday, 4 September to make your own Safe Mistake and visit to make a #safemistake online.

 Key Home Fire Statistics:

  •          In 2013 there were 3,559* preventable residential fires.
  •          These fires resulted in an estimated $90 million^ in property loss.
  •          There were 282 preventable house fires in Victoria in July 2014^^.
  •          Two out of five of these fires took place in the kitchen.

 * Preventable residential fires breakdown – 1662: MFB, 1897: CFA

^ Property loss breakdown – $29 million: MFB, $61 million: CFA

Last Updated: 04 September 2014