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TOPIC - Outdoor Fire Safety

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Lesson 10 - Fire Danger Ratings (FDRs)

Lesson objectives:

  • For students to know what Fire Danger Ratings are and where to find them during the Fire Danger Period.
  • For students to know that 'leaving early' is the safest option for people who live in bushfire-prone areas.


Fire Danger Ratings - CFA (Note - general CFA animation, not program specific)

Key messages:

  • Fire Danger Ratings are used during the Fire Danger Period (usually October to May).
  • The Fire Danger Rating tells you how dangerous a fire would be if one started.

  • Every day an arrow will point to the rating for the day.
  • The higher the rating, the more dangerous the situation if a fire starts.
  • Code Red is the most dangerous rating.
  • On a Code Red day, do not stay in bushfire prone areas, leave the night before or early in the morning.
  • Do not travel into the bush on Extreme and Code Red days.
  • Ratings are forecast up to four days in advance.
  • The ratings can be found:

Levels 0-1 teaching tools and activities:

Levels 2-4 teaching tools and activities: