‘Keep it Safe’ is an interactive online activity designed to get children to start thinking about special items that they want to keep safe, and start a conversation at home about getting prepared for bush or grassfire this summer.
The site has been developed by CFA primary educators to align with existing fire safety programs and messages. While children in bushfire risk areas are the target audience for this activity, teachers are encouraged to exercise discretion when appropriate for use with bushfire-affected children.
After picking five items they want to keep safe from fire, children complete a fun design activity. They then have the opportunity to email their list and design to their parent or carer and submit it to an online gallery.
At the same time as they receive information on their child’s design, parents receive information on how to find out more about their fire risk and get prepared this fire season.
“We hope that parents will take this opportunity to answer some questions on their fire risk and start a conversation at home about getting prepared for fire this summer,” Chief Officer Euan Ferguson said.
“This is a great time for families to stop and think about the most important things they can do together to stay safe this fire season,” he said.
The activity is targeted at Year 5 and 6 students in schools on the Bushfire At Risk Register, which includes schools, identified as being in a high fire-risk area, but is available for all Victorian primary schools.
The activity takes around 20 minutes and children who participate in this project have the opportunity to enter a competition (closing on December 3) to win iPod Shuffles for their entire classroom.
‘Keep it Safe’ is available at www.keepitsafe.net.au . Instructions for teachers are available on the site.