Safe Kids USA Accepting Fire Safety Contest Entries

Monday January 25th, 2010

If a fire occurs in a home, it is very important that families can escape immediately. Smoke can kill very quickly, and in a flaming fire there is an average of only three minutes after a smoke alarm sounds to escape. Safe Kids USA, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent injury in children, is hosting a contest for preschool teachers to teach children and their parents about how to escape a home fire.

It is important for parents to create and practice an escape plan with their children before disaster strikes so that they can get out of the home as quickly as possible. Children ages six and under are at the greatest risk of injury or death in a fire. Young children need help to escape as they usually do not have the skills to escape alone. However, it is also important that they start learning the basic steps themselves.

Safe Kids USA has created a lesson plan for preschool teachers of children ages 3-5 about escaping a home fire. To participate in the contest, teachers need to implement the lesson plan and send printed materials home with the children to have parents/guardians complete and practice an escape plan. The parents are asked to sign a letter and provide a copy of the escape plan so the teachers can keep track of how many made an escape plan. The teachers then fill out an online contest application form accompanied by a letter of support.

The contest entries will be judged on:

  • The implementation of the lesson plan and any other fire safety activities during this time period

  • The teacher’s impact on student attitudes and overall understanding of the lesson

  • The percentage of their students that bring back completed escape plans from home

Five prizes of $500 and 15 prizes of $100 will be awarded. Funds can be used for educational resources for the classroom. Contest details can be found on the contest web page on the Safe Kids USA web site. The deadline for submissions is February 26, 2010. This contest is sponsored by the United States Fire Administration.

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