Guest post by Brett Brenner, ESFI
Each year in the United States, more than 2,400 children under the age of 10 are treated in hospital emergency rooms for electric shock or burn injuries from electrical outlets and nearly 500 children under the age of 15 die from unintentional fire or burn-related injuries.
ESFI recently launched a new program titled “Be Smart about Fire and Electrical Safety,” which targets school-age children in Grades 3-5 and contains print and online educational materials that promote the importance of fire and electrical safety. Developed materials are aligned with National Education Standards in Science and Reading, require no advance preparation, and cover a broad range of topics that will help students understand critical principles in reference to fire and electrical safety at home.
The In-School element of the program features a classroom toolkit that provides comprehensive lesson plans and student activities to equip students with knowledge and awareness to help them identify and prevent fire and electrical safety hazards in the home. Over 100,000 of these toolkits have been direct-mailed to schools serving identified at-risk populations across the country. Students can also participate in ESFI’s national Fire and Electrical Safety Contest – and even have a chance to win at trip to Washington, DC!
ESFI has also expanded the popular Kids’ Corner section of its website. In the new video, P.I. Plug on the Road, ESFI’s beloved electrical safety ambassador, Private I. Plug, visits his grandmother’s house and helps her identify the electrical dangers in her home. Additionally, a new interactive activity has been developed to allow children to create and send e-cards with fire safety related messages to their loved ones, fostering electrical safety practices for the whole family.
These newly developed materials are central components to ESFI’s 2013 National Electrical Safety Month campaign, “Electrical Safety for all Ages,” which encourages families to take a multigenerational approach to safety. It is our hope that our safety materials will help families work together to identify and correct home electrical safety hazards.
If you would like to raise awareness of electrical safety in your community, ESFI will mail the P.I. Plug says, "Be Smart About Fire and Electrical Safety!" classroom toolkit to you free of charge. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of kits you are requesting and a physical delivery address.
Be sure to visit www.esfi.org for more educational resources for children and for more information on National Electrical Safety Month.