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Safe Mistake Zone on tour - next stop Ballarat!

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03 Sep 2014
CFA will be hosting a pop-up Safe Mistake Zone event in Ballarat’s Bridge Mall tomorrow 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.

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 with Mark Cartledge, Captain of Ballarat Fire Brigade and CFA volunteers for photo opportunities.

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 between 10am and 2pm 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.


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