Fireproof Children Company has received a
grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide training in fire safety
education to Head Start programs in states with high rates of fire-related deaths and
injuries for children.
With the goal of extending the reach of fire safety
education to young children and families, Fireproof Children Company has developed Prevention
First, Fire Safety Education Program for Pre-school Children and Families. Prevention
First, a train the trainer workshop, will be presented free of charge to Head
Start program managers. The workshop addresses effective methods of teaching fire
prevention and safety to preschool children based on research on children's risk-taking
behavior. The hands-on learning activities are based on language arts skills, including
story-building for cognitive skills, classification and naming skills, pattern recognition
and visual memory skills, and vocabulary building. Teachers will also learn easy ways to
partner with local fire service to reinforce fire prevention in their communities.
The framework for the training is the award-winning
preschool program play safe! be safe!, developed by Fireproof Children and others
for BIC Corporation, and currently used in more than 50,000 classrooms in the U.S. and
Canada. Prevention First includes family activities to bring home specific
safety messages, including the importance of practicing home exit drills, having a working
smoke detector, and keeping matches and lighters out of children's reach.