junior fire marshal® program | parent`s guide

junior fire marshal® program | parent`s guide
KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE FROM FIRE. LEARN HOW INSIDE.
JUNIOR FIRE MARSHAL® PROGRAM | PARENT’S GUIDE
YOU ARE KEY TO YOUR
FAMILY’S SAFETY
As a parent, you play an important role in the safety of your
children and in their education. That’s why we created this
parent’s guide. It’s designed to introduce you to The Hartford’s
Junior Fire Marshal program. And give you helpful tips and
tools to reinforce the fire safety lessons your children learned
at school. Use this guide to help you talk about – and teach –
fire safety to your kids and family.
Inside this parent’s guide you’ll find:
• 7 Easy Steps for Teaching Fire Safety – to help you get started
• The Top 5 Fire Safety Tips for Kids – basic and easy to remember
• Facts About Fire – showing that people need to learn about fire safety
• A Fire Safety Checklist for Your Home – to do with your whole family
• How to Get Fun Activity Sheets and Coloring Pages – easy and free from our website
7 EASY STEPS FOR TEACHING FIRE SAFETY
Although fire safety is serious stuff, you can make
it easy to talk about – and fun for the whole family.
Consider these 7 simple steps to help you get started.
Teach your kids the “Top 5 Fire Safety Tips for Kids.”
Have them do an activity sheet or a coloring page.
Read through this guide.
Complete the “Fire Safety Checklist for Your Home”
with your whole family. Have fun doing it.
Visit our website, thehartford.com/jfm, and download
free activity sheets and coloring pages, etc.
Create your fire escape plan and practice it with the
whole family.
Schedule a time to talk with your family about fire
safety – the sooner the better.
Remind your family what you taught them – at least
once a month.
TOP 5 FIRE SAFETY TIPS FOR KIDS
1
KNOW 2 WAYS OUT OF
EVERY ROOM.
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Have a place outside where
your family will meet.
STOP, DROP AND ROLL.
If your clothes catch fire, cover your face and
stop, drop and roll. This will help put the fire out.
4
DON’T TOUCH MATCHES.
2
Or candles, or lighters or the
stove. Only adults should
touch them.
GO LOW IN SMOKE.
Smoke rises. Stay close
to the ground so you can
breathe better.
5
SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES.
Ask your parents to put a working smoke
alarm on every floor of your home. Never
take the batteries out for your toys!
THE HARTFORD’S JUNIOR FIRE MARSHAL PROGRAM
WHAT THE PROGRAM TEACHES
Through fun and engaging activities, our Junior Fire Marshal program:
• Teaches children lifesaving lessons, such as:
»» Stop, drop, and roll
»» Go low in smoke
»» Draw a home fire escape plan
• Makes children aware of their personal safety – and what they can do
to help protect themselves, their family and friends
• Equips parents to talk with their kids about the dangers of fire and
how to stay safe
HOW THE PROGRAM STARTED
The Hartford has cared about protecting people and their property
from fire since 1810. That’s the year we began as a fire insurance
company, employing our own fire department to protect customers.
In 1947, with loss of life and property damage from fire still a problem
in our nation, The Hartford created the Junior Fire Marshal program as
a coast-to-coast public service. One of the country’s oldest corporatesponsored public education programs, it’s designed to:
• Teach children the basics of fire prevention and personal fire safety
• Help keep families safe from fire
110 MILLION+ JUNIOR FIRE MARSHALS SINCE 1947
One of the things a child likes about becoming a Junior Fire Marshal
is our signature red fire helmets. These have been displayed proudly by
generations of children who’ve learned the basics of fire safety through
our program. Parents, teachers, firefighters and community leaders
continue to use our program to help them teach kids and families
about fire safety.
Today, The Hartford still sells fire insurance,
as well as other types of coverage. We’re as
committed as ever to teaching children and
families how to stay safe from fire. And to giving
parents, like you, tools to teach them.
FACTS ABOUT FIRE
NUMBERS SHOW THE NEED FOR FIRE SAFETY EDUCATION
7 people,
on average, die in U.S. home fires per day.1
33%
of home fires are started
by children 6-9 years old.1
2 of every 5
home fires start in the kitchen.1
Only 1/3
of Americans have both developed and
practiced a home fire escape plan, according to
a National Fire Protection Association survey.1
Making time to teach children about safety is an important part of every
parent’s job. It’s also the responsibility of today’s schools. Contact your
child’s teacher or school to find out if fire safety is taught in their classroom.
Every 86 seconds,
a home fire is reported in the U.S.1
Working smoke alarms
cut the risk of dying in reported
home fires by
50%.1
IMPORTANT TIPS
1.The best way to stay safe: Don’t let fire start.
2.The second best way to stay safe: Know what to do if a fire starts.
FIRE SAFETY CHECKLIST FOR YOUR HOME
Here’s a fun – and very
important – activity you
can do with your whole family.
By completing this checklist, you
can find out if your home has
dangers that could cause a fire.
Directions:
1. Look closely at each item on this
checklist. Fill in the blanks.
2. If you can say “yes” to each statement,
put a check mark in the box. If the
answer is “no,” take action to correct it.
SMOKE ALARMS
£W
e have ___ smoke alarms in
our home.
£ The last time we replaced the
battery in our smoke alarm was
____/____/____. Batteries must be
replaced once a year.
£ We test our smoke alarms monthly.
£ We NEVER remove the batteries from
the smoke alarms to use in toys or
anything else.
ESCAPE PLAN
£W
e have a home escape plan. Our plan
includes 2 ways out of every room.
3. Complete the whole checklist and write
the date you completed it.
£ Our family has a special place to
4. Put the completed checklist where you
can see it, like the refrigerator.
£ Our family practices our escape plan
Complete this checklist each year to help
keep your family safe from fire.
Date completed: ____/____/____
meet outside if there is a fire.
_____ times a year.
ELECTRICAL
£A
ll electrical cords in my home are in
good condition. We replace frayed or
damaged wires.
£ We have no electrical cords
underneath carpets, rugs or furniture.
£ We have no more than one electrical
item for each outlet.
£ All fuses being used are the
proper rating.
£ We never leave tablets under a pillow
to charge overnight, and we only
keep electronics plugged in to charge
during the day.
CLEAR EXITS
£A
ll room exits are clear, including
windows.
FLAMMABLES
£W
e place garbage, such as old
newspapers or boxes, far away
from heat-producing equipment,
such as furnaces.
£ We keep space heaters at least 3 feet
away from walls and other items,
such as drapes, furniture and papers
that might catch fire.
£ We keep children away from the stove.
£ We keep flammable items such as
potholders, curtains and towels away
from the stove.
£ We guard open flames. The fireplace
has a screen, and candles have
sturdy holders.
£ We keep matches and lighters away
from small children.
£ We keep the hot water heater
temperature at 120 degrees
Fahrenheit or below to avoid burns.
FIRE EXTINGUISHER
£ We have a fire extinguisher, and
we know how to use it.
FIREPLACE
£ We have a professional inspect and
clean our fireplaces every year. Each
fireplace has a metal fire screen or
heat-tempered glass doors.
JUNIOR FIRE MARSHAL® PROGRAM | PARENT’S GUIDE
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Be sure to visit www.thehartford.com/jfm to find
these materials in both English and Spanish.
(Para ver más información y actividades en inglés
y español visita www.thehartford.com/jfm)
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Teach your kids to be fire-safe. Visit thehartford.com/jfm for free downloads, fun family activities and more.
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