After the Fire: The Teachable Moment
Children are especially vulnerable to the trauma of fire. Through the Greater Rochester Red Cross, Prevention 1st contacts the classroom teachers of children affected by a fire, and provides them with age-appropriate classroom activities and materials to help deal with the emotional trauma of their students and to teach fire safety and fire prevention. Teaching modules and reading list are also available as a free download. At the request of the Finger Lakes Health Services Agency to make our program more widely available and visible, it is now being distributed through Erie County Red Cross and being presented at the NYS Citizen Preparedness Program annual conference.
Safe at Home: Home Safety Training Workshops
We offer workshops customized for the audience and typically including fire prevention and home fire drills, poison prevention, falls prevention and hazard removal. Made possible by grants from caring donors, these workshops are created and delivered by Fireproof Children Company.
Home Fire Drill
We created the Home Fire Drill campaign to update and enhance the biannual message “Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries” to: Change Your Clock; Test Your Alarms; Practice Your Home Fire Drill; Alarm Goes Off You Get Out; www.homefiredrill.org™
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.
Home Fire Drills: Does Your Family Know What to Do?
Prevention 1st, the City of Rochester and Monroe County created this video featuring two Rochester families who learn that they were not as well 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
Created with funding from the NYS Office of Children and Family Services, with the assistance of Senator Joseph Robach, this interactive animated game was named a Grand Winner in the APEX Awards for Publication Excellence. This engaging teaching tool lets children and their parents and teachers learn what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. It is one of the most popular elements on www.homefiredrill.org.
We sponsor a Practice Your Home Fire Drill Poster Exhibition in partnership with the Office of the Mayor and the County Executive. In March 2012 more than 200 posters were displayed around the region including Rochester City Hall, Monroe County Office Bldg, Canandaigua National Bank branches, Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, Rochester International Airport, Eastview Mall, Marketplace Mall, Mall at Greece Ridge, Rochester Museum and Science Center, and Rural/Metro ambulances.
In 2012 we added a Poster Contest with prizes for Monroe County student artists. See the winning posters here.
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.
Students as Teachers
prepares 4th to 7th-grade students to teach their peers fire and home safety while learning leadership and presentation skills. The program was piloted at a Rochester, NY city school with a grant from the Marie C. and Joseph C. Wilson Foundation, and in 2012 will be brought to students of three city schools through Quad A for Kids with a grant from the Rochester Area Community Foundation.
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 has been selected by the Monroe County Medical Society to provide articles related to injury prevention for its quarterly publication Doctor's Advice, distributed through physician offices countywide. Our articles on injury prevention have or will shortly also appear in the publications of GRAPE(Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly),NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, Child Care Council, ChildCare Exchange, Burn Foundation, and the South Wedge Community
Safety For People with Developmental Disabilities
Prevention 1st works with the Arc of Monroe County, Hillside Children’s Center, the Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Services Office and others to provide training for both staff and clients to help them stay safe from injuries, and with the NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control to provide training to new fire inspectors to work with this audience.
Fire Safety Curriculum
We have developed a fire safety curriculum to become part of the Child Health course at Monroe Community College. The Department of Education will be presenting our curriculum at the State level with the ultimate goal of making it a mandatory part of New York State curriculum.
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