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National Fire Safety Partners

To utilize community-based participatory approaches for fire safety you must be aware of the issues, your partners, available materials, proper dissemination of materials and issues, and how to build coalitions. This newsletter will focus on national partnership resources.


Fire Safety Month

Many fires are caused by misuse or poor maintenance of electrical devices, careless use of candles, smoking in bed and children playing with matches and lighters. Most potential hazards can be eliminated by following simple prevention tips in your homes.


Be Prepared. Plan Ahead.

Approximately 3,320 people lost their lives and more than 16,705 were injured in the United States in 2008. Don’t become a statistic. Be prepared, plan ahead.

There are four important actions that you can take to protect your children, your family and yourself.

  • Install and maintain smoke alarms on every level of your home.
  • Install and maintain smoke alarms in every classroom of your Head Start center.
  • Design, understand, and post an escape plan for your homes and Head Start centers.
  • Practice. Practice. Practice.
Head Start. Start Healthy. Grow Healthy.
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