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Keys to Safety: Literacy Activities to Promote Fire Safety

Posted on 04/12/2011

Keys to Safety

Every year in the United States, at least 3,000 lose their lives as a result of residential fires and thousands more are injured. Many of these deaths and injuries could be prevented through education and attention to basic fire safety measures. But many adults with limited literacy find it difficult to read or understand critical fire safety information. Without this information, these adults and their families are at a greater risk for loss, injury, or death due to fire.

In an effort to respond to this problem, ProLiteracy has developed a national campaign, Keys to Safety, which will promote fire prevention and home safety education through local adult education and literacy programs and in partnership with local fire and public health agencies. Keys to Safety will frame fire prevention and safety in the context of health and health literacy and encourage people to start thinking about how key safety practices can improve health and quality of life.

A key element of the campaign is the Home Safety Literacy Project Kit, available FREE to download or order. The Home Safety Literacy Project Kit was developed for use in adult basic education and ESL classrooms, and includes materials in both English and Spanish. Materials include:

  • Teacher's Manual and Community Leader's Manual
  •  Classroom posters and a DVD Kit
  • Reading materials at 4 levels
  • Topics include:
    • Smoke Detectors Save Lives
    • Escape Plans Help Families Get Out of Fires Alive
    • You Can Take Steps to Prepare for a Disaster
  • Fire safety knowledge assessment
  • A variety of other resources, classroom materials and ideas to promote the safety  campaign and raise awareness

The project was made possible with funding from DHS/FEMA's Grant Program Directorate for Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program—Fire Prevention and Safety Grants. ProLiteracy's goal is to build the capacity and quality of programs that are teaching adults to read, write, compute, use technology.