Part 3 - Outdoor Fire Safety

Fired Up English teacher resources -
Part 3: Outdoor Fire Safety

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Lesson 8 - BBQ and Outdoor Safety

Lesson objectives:

  • For students to know how to use a gas BBQ safely
  • For students to understand the dangers of flammable liquids and gas

Video/Animation/Demonstration:

BBQ Safety and Gas Safety

Key messages:

  • Before you use a gas BBQ: 
    • check to see if the cylinder is damaged.
    • check the hose to make sure it is not damaged or leaking.
    • spray the hose and regulator connections with soapy water - if soap bubbles appear, you'll know that gas is escaping. This means you'll need to either tighten the connections or replace your hose.
  • Check that your barbecue is clean. Too much fat or residue can catch fire.
  • Using a barbecue indoors is illegal. BBQs are for outside.
  • Store petrol and other flammable liquids out of the sun in a cool area.
  • Anything flammable means it can catch alight and start a fire.

Levels 0-1 teaching tools and activities:

Levels 2-4 teaching tools and activities:

Lesson 9 - Bushfires and Grassfires

Lesson objective:

  • For students to know what a bushfire and grassfire is and that they are common in Victoria and dangerous.

Animation:

Bushfires and Grassfires are Dangerous (developed for the Fired Up English resource)

Key messages:

  • When the grass dries out in summer it can easily catch fire.
  • Fire can move really fast in dry grass and bush.
  • There are bushfires and grassfires every year.
  • Some fires are in paddocks on farms. Some fires are in the forest and in National Parks or Reserves.
  • When there are lots of trees and bushes it can be dangerous if it catches fire.
  • Some fires can burn down houses and kill people.
  • Black Saturday was on 7 February 2009. It was a day that had Code Red conditions. 173 people died that day across Victoria in large uncontrollable bushfires.
  • Bushfires and grassfires are very dangerous!

Levels 0-1 teaching tools and activities:

Levels 2-4 teaching tools and activities:

Churchill Park Fire, Endeavour Hills

Marysville after Black Saturday

  • Activity 9.4 - Create a presentation about the bushfire history of Victoria. Students can develop their own presentation about the bushfire history of Victoria and share with the class.

Lesson 10 - Fire Danger Ratings

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.

Animation:

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.

Fire Danger Rating Map - large

  • 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:

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.

Animation:

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

Teaching tools and activities Levels 0-1:

Teaching tools and activities Level 2-4:

Lesson 12 - Preparing your Property

Lesson objectives:

  • For students to know what they can do to reduce the risk of a house catching fire during a bush or grassfire.

Animation:

Preparing Your Property for Fire 2018

Background information for teachers:

Key messages:

  • Everyone in Victoria who lives near forest, bush, grassland or coastal scrub needs to prepare their property for bushfire.
  • Keep grass cut to less than 10cm. Fire can ignite and travel quickly through long grass.
  • Keep woodpiles away from the house.
  • Remove flammable items from around your house.
  • Cut back overhanging tree branches and prune shrubs so they do not touch other trees or the house.
  • Keep gutters and roof areas clear of leaf litter.

Levels 0-1 teaching tools and activities:

  • Activity 12.1 - Key Words and Images - Preparing Your Property

Levels 2-4 teaching tools and activities:

  • Activity 12.2 - Well-Prepared Property Poster  (PDF 2.9MB)
    • Use the Well-Prepared Property poster and talk students through each item.
    • How would they prepare their property?
    • What would they do at home?
  • Activity 12.3 - Draw a poster of a well prepared house close to the bush

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