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On the mall with fire prevention
CFA will be at Shepparton’s Maude Street Mall this Friday between 10.30am and 3.00pm – but look out for a bus, not a truck – and information rather than smoke or flames.
Nearly 50 house fires occurred in the greater Shepparton area (encompassing surrounding towns) last winter, a figure of real concern to emergency services and council alike.
Shepparton itself had 22 house fires, double that of the previous year, resulting in $3.1 million damage and one fatality.
This year, CFA is determined to reach residents before the cooler weather - and another spate of preventable house fires - kicks in, taking to the streets to talk about home fire safety, including practical tips on using smokes alarms, fire blankets and extinguishers.
“We would much rather speak to you on Maude St than your street,” CFA Community Education Coordinator Paul Verbeek said.
“Take a few minutes on Friday, and hopefully we won’t be seeing you in an emergency situation where you may have lost your home or loved ones.
“With the end of the Fire Danger Period, it’s a timely opportunity to check what you can or can’t do on your own property, including burning-off, and make sure you have all the relevant information about council by-laws as well as general CFA regulations.”
A specially fitted-out bus will boost CFA’s presence in the mall, with everyone welcome to walk through and check out the interactive displays.
The CFA bus was a popular attraction at last weekend’s Train and Traction engine rally at Kidstown, and will be travelling to schools around the Hume region from mid-April to mid-May as part of a state-wide education program.