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3 Things You Must Know Before Your Smoke Alarm Goes Off

Prevention 1st provides some great articles on fire safety. Their 3 tips on what to do when your smoke alarm goes off can help save lives and reduce panic.

  1. Can you hear it? When you tested that alarm (you do push that “test” button at least twice a year, right?) you may have thought that annoying noise would wake up anyone. But then you were standing only an arm’s reach away. How about now, maybe several floors away? If you use a hearing assistance device during the day, can you still hear the alarm when you take it out at night? Ask someone in your household, or your next visitor, to help you find out – have them push the test button and check whether you can hear it in another room, without assistance.
  2. How are you going to get out? If you were asked that question in daylight when everything was fine, you’d probably say “I’d run out the door, duh.” But getting out of your bedroom when it’s dark can be very different than in the daytime. If you’re awakened by the alarm in the middle of the night, smoke may already be in your room, and you should stay low.
  3. Are the ways out clear of clutter, and well lit? Clutter can be health hazard, as you know if you’ve ever tripped on a toy, shoe, or other object that was left on the floor. Now imagine trying to escape your home in the dark with smoke alarm sounding. Keeping pathways clear and having nightlights, especially around stairs, helps everyone get out quickly and safely.

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Education as an Intervention Strategy in a Youth Firesetting Intervention Program

Original information provided by www.usfa.fema.gov/training/coffee_break/

The majority of cases identified by a youth firesetting intervention program will be classified as “some risk.” Curiosity or experimentation is the prime motive for firesetting as defined in the “some risk” category. “Definite or extreme risk” firesetting situations also require educational intervention. However, sometimes the education will follow a referral for other types of interventions, such as clinical support or juvenile justice.

The goal of fire safety education in a youth firesetting intervention program is to give children and adolescents information to make the right decisions so that future firesetting incidents do not occur.

Educating the child and parents or caregivers is essential for the success of a youth firesetting intervention program. Youth firesetting intervention specialists must not assume that all children, adolescents, and parents or caregivers know the basics about fire safety and fire science. All three groups can be educated to make good decisions through structured, age-appropriate classes. Read More