The Burn Institute considers education the first step to prevention.
The Burn Institute’s Fire Safe Kids Program is a school-based fire and burn prevention curriculum geared to children (K-3). The dynamic program is designed to keep youngsters entertained and involved through the use of colorful characters, video clips of familiar community professionals (firefighter, teacher and police officer) and a lot of student participation to help reinforce key safety messages.
Designed by local educators, child development specialists and fire service professionals, lessons include: “Stop, Drop and Roll,” how to escape fire and scald prevention, among others.
The program is available in English and Spanish at no cost to schools within San Diego County for children (K-3). A colorful bag of goodies goes home to each child. Take home materials and the website www.firesafekid.org are designed to supplement the classroom program.
The Fire Safe Kids website (www.firesafekid.org) welcomes children, parents and educators with a colorful homepage and easy-to-navigate buttons for youngsters. The site features fun, interactive games, vital fire/burn prevention information, helpful safety tips and a downloadable Family Fire Escape Plan.
In 2015, the Burn Institute launched the Fire Safe Kids 2 program, an educational extension of Fire Safe Kids, for children in grades 4-6. The free 30-minute school-based presentation incorporates video components, interactive exercises and a complimentary take home activity book. Information from the UC San Diego Regional Burn Center states that scalds are one of the primary causes of burn injuries to young children, most oftentimes from cooking hot beverages and food for themselves, therefore scald prevention is a primary message of the Fire Safe Kids 2 program.
This same pre-teen age group has a high incident of juvenile-set fires, especially in and around school grounds, so the curriculum addresses the potential legal, social, and medical repercussions of fire play. Fourth through sixth grade students learn the consequences of such dangerous activities and are reinforced safety messages such as never play with matches and lighters, crawl low under smoke and have a family meeting place outside the home in case of a fire emergency.
The Burn Institute is thankful to SDG&E for helping to fund this very important program.