Safety Education Programs

Two important components of preventing youth fire misuse are educating children on safe behaviors and critical thinking skills. Children must develop thinking skills on how to anticipate the consequences of their/others' actions, assess their surrounding environment for potential dangers, implement appropriate hazard-avoidance strategies, and initiate an emergency response when necessary [Klas et al, 2015].* The following free educational programs can assist professionals to teach children essential safe behaviors and thinking skills:

  • Learn Not to Burn:  Positive fire safety messaging for preschoolers through grade 2.  
  • Start Safe:  A fire and burn safety program for young children and their families.
  • Fire Is...:  Fire safety education program for middle school aged children
  • Sean's Story:  Safety education program for elementary, middle, and high schools.
  • Risk Watch: Comprehensive injury prevention program for elementary schools.  (Note: The NFPA is no longer updating the Risk Watch program.)

*Klas KS, Vlahos PG, McCully MJ, Piche DR, Wang SC. School-based prevention program associated with increased short- and long-term retention of safety knowledge. J Burn Care Res. 2015;36(3):387-393.