Fire Safety Gets Creative

Arana Hills Firefighters Ryan Woods, Ricky Glass, Lance Webb and Ross Mitchell look forward to rolling out the Childrens Fire Poster Competition again this year.

Young Picassos get your pens at the ready! The Children’s Fire Poster Competition is on again this year. 

This annual competition is organized by the Lions Clubs of Queensland, in conjunction with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) and is designed to educate and bring awareness to our local school children regarding the importance of Fire Safety. This year the Arana Hills Fire Station and Golden Valley Keperra Lions Club will be busy rolling this competition out in a number of schools in The Hills District. 

The theme of this year‘s competition is ‘Fire Safety At Home’ which incorporates two vital elements –  having a fire escape plan and the importance of functional smoke alarms. The competition is only open to Grade Four students and they will be asked to demonstrate (via their poster) some fire safety measures relating to their home environment using the competition themes. The winners from our district will then be put forward to the State level competition.

The Hills Echo recently had the opportunity to catch up with some of the team at the Arana Hills Fire Station who explained the importance of this competition.

‘We hope that school children will take this message from school and into the home which will bring awareness to the whole family regarding fire safety,’ said Arana Hills fire fighter Ross Mitchell. ‘Each year we are blown away by our local kid‘s creativity and how they use their imagination to create educational works of art.’ 

The Arana Hills Firefighters said the two themes chosen this year by QFES, ‘Smoke Alarms in the Home’ and ‘Fire Escape Plans’ are extremely fitting as new legislation regarding smoke alarms has now been introduced. The new legislation specifies that all Queensland dwellings will be required to have interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms in all bedrooms, in hallways that connect bedrooms with the rest of the house and on every level. 

‘At the end of the day working smoke alarms save lives. We urge local residents to check their smoke alarms are clean and are tested regularly,’ said Station Officer Ryan Woods.

He also explained that by having a Fire Evacuation point at home,  can help prevent fire fighters being placed in potentially dangerous situations.

‘We recommend that the Fire Evacuation point at home is the front letterbox,’ said Ryan. ‘This is vitally important if people within the household are not accounted for and are thought to still be in the home, then it is our duty to go into the premises to find them.’ 

The Hills Echo looks forward to updating you on the progress of this exciting competition in the upcoming months. For more information and legislations regarding fire safety please visit www.qfes.qld.gov.au

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