After the Fire: The Teachable Moment
Children are especially vulnerable to the trauma of a home fire, which hapens in our community every day. Through the Greater Rochester Red Cross, Prevention 1st contacts classroom teachers of children affected by a fire, and provides age-appropriate classroom activities and materials to help deal with fears created by the incident and teach fire safety and fire prevention.
More than 3,430 ‘After the Fire’ programs have been distributed, and the teaching modules, reading lists and take-home materials in English and Spanish are available as a free download.
Prevention 1st Home Fire Drill Campaign
Prevention 1st created the Home Fire Drill campaign to update and enhance the biannual message to: Change Your Clock; Test Your Alarms; Practice Your Home Fire Drill; Alarm Goes Off You Get Out™
Many smoke alarms now have long life batteries; people tend to ignore the original "change your batteries" message. Our new message reminds them they should check even long life batteries and hard-wired alarms to make sure they are still working, and adds the importance of maintaining and responding to CO detectors as well as smoke alarms. We connect our message to the biannual time change because both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend checking alarms at least twice a year.
Prevention 1st Home Fire Drill Student Poster Contest
Students learn and create posters around the messages of the Home Fire Drill campaign. All submitted posters are displayed during the spring Daylight Saving Time change in early March in area malls, libraries and other public spaces throughout the county. In 2013 more than 200 posters were displayed. Prizes are awarded in three age groups, and allparticipants who live in and attend school in the City of Rochester are eligible for a random drawing for a ride to school on a fire truck.See the winning posters here.
Home Fire Drills: Does Your Family Know What to Do?
In this real-life demonstration video, two families learn they were not as prepared as they thought to respond when the smoke alarm sounds, and how to plan and practice a home fire drill.
Help Mikey Make It Out
In this award-winning teaching game, children (and their teachers and parents) learn what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. By helping Mikey escape, children learn to check the door before going into the hallway, not to go out if there is smoke, to crawl low under smoke, get out and stay out, and go to a family meeting place. The game can be played over and over, because just like in real life, different things may happen. The door may be cool or hot, there may or may not be smoke in the hallway.
Safe Routes to School
Prevention 1st has been awarded a Safe Routes to School grant from the City of Rochester to address the health promotion and safety issues involving children walking or biking to and from school.
The pilot program is with Rochester City School #2 (Clara Barton School). We have recruited a project team that includes, among others, the University of Rochester Injury Free Coalition, Rochester Police Department, Rochester Fire Department, Community Health Strategies and Fireproof Children. Activities include family education and a bike rodeo.
Prevention 1st Students as Teachers
Through grants from the Marie C. and Joseph C. Wilson Foundation and Rochester Area Community Foundation, Prevention 1st trainers have taught and coached 4th- to 7th-grade students at four Rochester City Schools to teach fire and home safety to their schoolmates while learning leadership and presentation skills.
Safe at Home: Home Safety Training Workshops
Made possible by grants from caring donors, our workshops are customized for the audience and typically include:
Safety For Special People
- fire prevention and home fire drills
- poison prevention and response
- falls prevention
- home hazard removal
People with intellectual disability are at significantly higher risk of unintentional injury than the general population, as found in a number of research studies. Since 2006 Prevention 1st has advocated for, developed, and delivered effective home safety education for this vulnerable group of people.
Our home safety training workshops, designed for the learning styles of people diagnosed with developmental disabilities, are provided to agencies as underwriting is made available through grants. Prevention 1st also provided expertise in home safety and in teaching people with developmental disabilities to the video series “Keeping Children With Special Needs Safe in the Home” produced by Safe Kids and MetLife Foundation.
With funding from the Golisano Foundation and NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, Prevention 1st created materials specifically for people diagnosed with developmental disabilities, ‘Plan and Practice a Home Fire Drill’ and ‘Have smoke alarms that work,’ using models from the Arc of Monroe County and School of the Holy Childhood.
MATERIALS, PUBLICATIONS AND CURRICULA
Mikey Makes a Mess
This children’s storybook, in English and Spanish, is published by Fireproof Children and distributed through Prevention 1st.The book provides important safety education in a fun, engaging story book which has received praise from educators and parents alike.
More than 130,000 copies have been distributed nationwide through teachers, daycare providers, Head Start programs, universities, hospitals, fire departments and state fire marshals, Girl Scouts and other community organizations.
Prevention 1st Safety Links Resource Center
Provides news, tips and links to safety-related resources and information on choking and suffocation, drowning, fall prevention, fire and burns, general injury prevention, gun safety, motor vehicle safety, natural disaster injury prevention and poison control.
Prevention 1st developed the Fire Safety Curriculum that is now part of the Child Health course at Monroe Community College.
Prevention 1st articles have appeared in the publications of: Monroe County Medical Society, GRAPE (Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly), NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, Child Care Council, ChildCare Exchange, Burn Foundation, and NASFM (National Association of State Fire Marshals).
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