AS school holidays approach, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is encouraging young Queenslanders to join Blazer’s Brigade and have fun learning about fire safety.
The school holidays are a perfect opportunity to educate children about fire risks, by appointing “junior firefighters” in the house to help look out for potential dangers.
QFES mascot, Fire Safety Koala Blazer features throughout a suite of resources available online to help communicate the right messages, with Blazer’s help, including a quiz and a printable junior firefighter certificate for those who learn the ropes. (Check out https://www.fire.qld.gov.au/kids/)
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QFES Community Education Manager Inspector David Sutch said it was never too early to start teaching children about fire risks and safety.
“Children can be exposed to risks at any time, so it is important they understand as early as possible how to recognise if a situation involving fire is getting out of control and what to do,” Mr Sutch said.
“Making these lessons fun is all part of ensuring that the message sticks with kids and they can recall the information when they need it most.
“I would encourage parents to make an effort these school holidays to teach their children something about fire safety. You never know when they may need that information.”
Mr Sutch said “junior firefighters” could take charge at home to help reduce fire risks.
“During the holidays, junior firefighters will have lots of time to practice the ‘get down low and go, go, go’ manoeuvre as well as the ‘stop, drop and roll’ manoeuvres,” he said.
“Junior firefighters can also help mum and dad to test, clean and change the batteries in smoke alarms.”
An interactive Triple Zero kids challenge is also available online to help get children interested in learning about emergency situations.
Throughout the school holidays, share your photos of junior firefighters learning and helping keep the home safe by using the hashtag #BlazersBrigade on social media.