Fire-proof your kids
Did you know that children under 5 face the highest risk of home fire death? That's one of the many reasons this is Fire Prevention Week, an annual public awareness campaign that focuses on the small actions that can make a big difference in protecting your family from fire: creating a home escape plan, installing and checking home smoke alarms and installing home fire sprinklers.
"Installing things such as smoke alarms and home fire sprinklers, as well as identifying potential hazards, can reduce the risk of home fires and property loss, injury, or death due to fire," the the National Fire Protection Association urged in a news release. "Nearly two-thirds of home structure fire deaths occur in homes where there was no smoke alarm, or where smoke alarms were present but not working."
Visit the Fire Prevention Week website for safety tips, statistical information, and more. The materials are available for use by fire departments, teachers, families interested in learning or teaching about fire safety.
Or even better, visit a fire house. Kids often listen and learn better from someone cool like a firefighter. And check out Sparky the Fire Dog's website for fun games and activities. Sparky is celebrating his 60th birthday this year and the NFPA’s official mascot and spokesdog is the star of a new book by Emmy-award winning and best-selling author Don Hoffman and illustrator Todd Dakins. It offers an entertaining and educational adventure filled with lessons and fire safety messages for kids.
--Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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