CFA urges vigilance over the Queen's Birthday long weekend

CFA is urging Victorians to remain ‘vigilant’ on and off the roads over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

Acting chief officer Gary Cook said CFA’s core responsibility was to act as a fire agency but it was increasingly responding to road trauma incidents.

“Last Queen’s Birthday weekend the CFA responded to more motor vehicle accidents than structure fires or grass and scrub fires,” acting chief officer Cook said.

“Most of these accidents could have been avoided. Driver fatigue, speed and distractions often cause accidents – these are all preventable.”

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility, especially if we are to work towards zero lives lost on our roads.”

CFA callouts during Queen’s Birthday long weekend 2017

CFA has also urged Victorians who will be camping over the long weekend to stay safe and alert around camp fires and open flames.

If you are planning to camp this weekend, check weather and fire conditions frequently and always extinguish flames when leaving.

If operating a barbecue ensure the hose is in good condition and all connections are tight.

For more information about fire safety please visit https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au.