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Kids' game teaches fire preparation
** Victorian Government media release **
A new fire education game has nearly 1700 Victorian primary school children taking fire messages home, Minister for Police and Emergency Services Peter Ryan said today (21 Dec).
CFA’s interactive website ‘Keep It Safe’ asked children living in fire risk areas to plan which items they would take with them in the event of a fire.
The game prompted children to design their own fun character, which was emailed to their parents. When the parents went to the website, they were presented with important fire preparation questions. Once the parents had read the information, their child was automatically entered into the Keep It Safe competition.
CFA representatives today presented iPod shuffles to the Keep It Safe winner Brenton of Echuca West Primary School and all of his year 5 classmates.
“The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to ensuring fire safety messages get out into the community and this innovative collaboration between the CFA and the Department of Justice continues this approach,” Mr Ryan said.
“Brenton and his Echuca West Primary School classmates are winners today but everyone who entered – close to 1,700 children across Victoria – benefits because their families are more likely to be fire ready this fire season.”
Mr Ryan said children had shown some clear preferences about what to take if they had to leave early before a fire. The top five most prized possessions to keep safe were their pets, phones, wallets photos and trophies.
Mr Ryan said the website directed parents to CFA’s website (www.cfa.vic.gov.au) and the Victorian Bushfire Information Line for more guidance on fire planning. ‘Keep it Safe’ is available at www.keepitsafe.net.au
“It’s important to prepare yourself. Packing a relocation kit with important documents, photos, medications, money and clothes will help you get away quickly.”