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SAFETY FIRST

SAFETY FIRST
Safety First Program provides fire safety & burn prevention education & tools to the children & youth, so they acquire the knowledge to stay safe & grow up to be healthy & productive citizens.  It is interactive educational program teaching children to alter their habits & behaviors towards precautionary measures to prevent fire and burns injuries. It focuses on children from grades pre K-12, parents and expecting parents of all demographics urban, rural & suburban Texas. Critical Unmet Need: Burn injuries have reached epidemic proportions in recent years and are considered a health care problem which is more serious than the polio epidemic was at its peak (Journal of Burn Care &Rehabilitation). It has only been in the past several years that the medical profession has begun to recognize and understand the problems associated with burns.   Burn accident statistics show that at least 50% of all burn accidents can be prevented. For example, one out of every 13 structure fire death in the United States was caused by a child setting a fire (Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation).  Children playing with fire account for more than one-third of preschool child deaths by fire. Burns and fires are the fifth most common cause of accidental death in children. Nearly 75% of all scalding burns in children are preventable. Toddlers and children are more often burned by a scalding or flames. Most children ages 4 and under who are hospitalized for burn- related injuries suffer from scald burn (65%) or contact burns (20%). Hot tap water burns because more deaths and hospitalizations than burns from any other hot liquids (www.hopkinsmedicine.org).  But we can prevent it. The objective of the Safety First program is to create a safe community by changing the risky behavior of youth & their families by teaching them lifesaving skills. The objective will be achieved through the following public education & community risk reduction projects: 1. Fire Safety House 2. Smoke Alarm Program 3. Fire! Science & Safety Exhibit Fire Safety House is the mobile wheelchair-accessible fire education tool designed to teach children vital burn prevention and fire escape methods through a fun, safe simulation of common household hazards. It provides a hands-on learning tool that prepares children for the unexpected and frightening experiences of a fire. Built on a trailer frame, the small house contains the three rooms where fires start most frequently: the kitchen, the living room and the bedroom. Demonstrations are conducted by experienced volunteers. Some of the life-saving procedures taught are: How to crawl under smoke. How to feel a door before opening it. How to use a fire escape ladder. What a smoke detector sounds like. How to call 9-1-1.   Smoke Alarm Program: A smoke alarm is critical for the early detection of a fire in every home and could mean the difference between life and death. Fires can occur in a variety of ways and in any room of your home as has as little as two minutes to escape. But no matter where or how, having a smoke alarm is the first key step toward your family’s safety. This program not only distributes and installs smoke alarms but also teaches the importance of fire escape plan.  It is an interactive program focuses on changing the risky behavior of high risk population by teaching them lifesaving skills like Listen to Smoke Alarm, Get Low & Go, Stop, Drop, & Roll.  Additionally Fire Safety House demonstrations teach life-saving skills: What a smoke detector sounds like. How to crawl under smoke. How to feel a door before opening it. How to use a fire escape ladder. How to call 9-1-1. Fire! Science & Safety Exhibit is permanent exhibit to help children understanding the science of fire & learn prevention & life- saving safety skills. Exhibit will focus on a sample living environment includes as how smoke rises, ways to escape from a fire & ultimately what to do if you get burned, along with hands on activities & multimedia programs. All elements in the scenario are fully interactive and are controlled independently to create a truly realistic experience. There will also be a guide available online which will include pre & post visit activities. The goal is to engage the public in understanding the science of fire & burn prevention & how to avoid behaviors that lead to fire. The exhibit will built in the house environment in the rooms where fires start most frequently: the kitchen, the living room and the bedroom.
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