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Lesson 11 - Total Fire Bans (TFBs)

Lesson objectives:

  • For students to know what a Total Fire Ban is.
  • For students to know how to find out if there is a Total Fire Ban in place.
  • For students to learn what they cannot do on days of Total Fire Ban.

Key messages:

  • In Victoria we have to be careful not to start fires outside because they can spread very quickly.
  • In Victoria there are laws about lighting fires outside and using machinery during the Fire Danger Period (usually Oct - May).
  • On a day of Total Fire Ban no fires are allowed outside. It is against the law.
  • You can not use machinery that might make sparks like grinders or mowers.
  • CFA has a Facebook page and over summer this will let you know if there are any Total Fire Bans. You may also see signs or hear about a Total Fire Ban during the news on TV.
  • You can also check the CFA website or www.cfa.vic.gov.au or call the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.
  • It is your responsibility to find out.


Total Fire Bans (developed for the Fired Up English resource)

Teaching tools and activities Levels 0-1:

  • Activity 11.1 Total Fire Bans Key Wods and Images
  • Activity 11.2 Ask students to find the Can I or Can't I? publication in their language (translated into 26 different languages) at www.cfa.vic.gov.au/lote They can discuss what types of activities are not allowed on days of Total Fire Ban


Teaching tools and activities Level 2-4: