The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) reviews and collects resources that can be used in public outreach activities to help keep children safe from fire. Explore these materials to learn more about discussing fire safety for children with parents, teachers and other caregivers.
Outreach materials from the U.S. Fire Administration
Statistics to share
Fifty-seven percent of all child fire deaths occur to those four or younger.
Fire injuries are highest in the four or younger age group, decline in the middle years, but rise again in the 10 to 14 age group. Fire deaths decrease as children age.
Boys are at a higher risk of death from fire than girls.
African-American children age four or younger are at an increased risk of death from fire.
More than half of child fire deaths are among children age four or younger—making them an important audience for fire prevention and education. If you’ve ever visited a preschool classroom to discuss fire safety, or have met with older toddlers during community outreach activities, you know they can be a tough crowd to reach.
That’s why USFA collaborated with Sesame Workshop™ to create the Sesame Street Fire Safety Station curriculum for preschool kids.
FireSafety.gov Kids Page – this interactive CD-ROM contains fire safety lessons, quizzes and games for children ages 3-9. Order this item (Only fire departments, schools and daycare providers can order this item.)
Kids Firetruck Foldup Activity Sheet – contains a fire safety word game and mazes that children can navigate to practice a home fire escape plan. The activity sheet folds into a firetruck. Recommended ages: 3-7. Order or download in English | Spanish
Let's Have Fun with Fire Safety: Marty and Jett's Activity Book – activities to teach children about fire safety and prevention, including coloring pages, connect the dots, word searches and escape plan mazes. Recommended ages: 3-7. Order or download in English | Spanish
Sesame Street Fire Safety Station Color and Learn – fire safety activities booklet for children ages 3-5. Order or download in English | Spanish
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Help increase awareness about keeping kids safe from fire. Free outreach materials at www.usfa.fema.gov
More than half of child fire deaths are among children age four or younger—making them an important audience for fire prevention and education. Help increase awareness about keeping kids safe from fire with the free outreach materials at www.usfa.fema.gov
Fire Prevention and Public Education Exchange
The Exchange serves as a centralized location for national, state and local fire prevention and life safety practices and public education materials that organizations may wish to share with other communities. Visit the Exchange for outreach materials that can help you teach children about fire safety.
Model Exchange programs to teach children about fire safety
USFA would like to call special attention to these innovative fire prevention programs that have measurable impact and outcome measures.
USFA recommends the following organizations as trusted and reliable sources for free outreach materials you can use to help increase awareness about fire safety for children in your community.
National Fire Protection Association. Community tool kits, education programs and teaching strategies to help communities keep kids safe from fire. The National Fire Protection Association helps to reduce fire loss through consensus codes and standards, research, training and education.
Safe Kids Worldwide. Videos, safety tips and fact sheets help prevent injuries to children caused by fire, burns and scalds, and fireworks. Safe Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children.