The holidays are coming and with that the increased risk of fires in homes. October is National Fire Prevention Month. We learned about play safe! be safe! when they reached out to us about their new educational materials. Presented by BIC and Fireproof Children, play safe! be safe! was created to teach those who care for young kids – such as preschool educators – about the unique set of challenges that arise when talking to young children about fire safety.

According to play safe! be safe! the problem is bigger than we might have thought.

How big of a problem is this?*

  • Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death to pre-school children, accounting for nearly 40% of all deaths in this age group (That’s two and one half times the second leading cause: cancer) (Source: CDC WISQARS 10/2015 using 2013 data)
  • Fire related deaths account for 1 in 8 (23.3%) unintentional injury deaths among preschool children ages 3 to 5 (Source: CDC WISQARS 10/2015 using 2013 data)
  • Children playing leads to 49,300 reported fires every year; 7,700 of these at home; 1 in 8 of these residential fires kills or injures someone (Source: NFPA Playing with Fire 3/2014)
  • Over 50% of all children experiment with matches or lighters by the time they reach age 13. (Source: Grolnick et al. 1991)

These stats are scary and undoubtedly highlight why fire education is so important, a huge reason we decided to support this program.

For National Fire Prevention Month, we hope you’ll check out the play safe! be safe! website. There are some GREAT resources for both parents and kids. The newly launched  www.playsafebesafe.com website includes an education corner for grownups and Hero’s World, a game center, for children.

*These stats were provided by play safe! be safe!

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