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. 3 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 GET FUN ACTIVITY SHEETS AND MORE THE THE HARTFORD’S HARTFORD’S JUNIOR JUNIOR FIRE THE THE HARTFO FIRE MARSHAL® MARSHAL® PROGRAM HARTFO THE THE PROGRAM HART HART RD’S RD’S JUNIOR JUNIOR FORD FORD’S FIRE FIRE ’S MARSH MARSH JUNI JUNI AL® AL® PROGR OR OR FIRE PROGRAM FIRE AM MARS MARSHAL® HAL® PROG PROGRAM RAM Get your family interested in learning about fire safety with help from these Junior Fire Marshal materials. AY HEROES . EVERYD champions AY KIDS. 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Teach your ACTIVITY SHEET 1 (LEVEL WHICH WHWAY OUT? WHIC ICH WA HYWA OUT Y? If you see fire or smell smoke, If you seeIf get out quickly. OUT? FINISH FINISH COLORING ORD’S THE HARTF JUNIO R LEARN HOW AL® FIRE MARSH PROGR AM SHEET 1 SAFE IS THE SAFE WAY! Know two ways SAFE IS THE IS to escape from your home. THE WAY! WAY Know ! Know two ways to escape two ways to from your home. escap e from your home. E M FIR RSELF FRO T YOU TO PROTEC COLORING PAGES h Don’t Touc Don’t Touch GET MATERIALS IN ENGLISH OR SPANISH 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) Download and have fun coloring these pages with your kids. Listen SAFE IS THE WAY! SAFE IS THE WAY! Teach your kids to be fire-safe. Visit thehartford.com/jfm for free downloads, fun family activities and more. 1 Reproduced with permission from the NFPA website, www.nfpa.org, copyright (c) 2015, National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA. All rights reserved. The Hartford® is The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries. 16-1073 © March 2017 The Hartford. All rights reserved.
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