Saturday, April 4, 2009

Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog Book to be Listed as Resource in Upcoming Fire and Burn Safety Program for Preschoolers and Their Families

We are excited that our book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog, is going to be listed as a resource in the The Home Safety Council's new program, Start Safe: A Fire and Burn Safety Program for Preschoolers and Their Families. The Home Safety Council has numerous partners with this project, including the National Head Start Association, Oklahoma State University's Fire Protection Publications, the Weekly Reader, and Tyco. Funded by a Fire Prevention and Safety grant from U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FEMA Office of Grants and Training, the program provides free materials to teach basic fire and burn safety lessons to children ages 4 – 6, along with parenting education on key safety messages. In August 2009, Start Safe packages will be made available to 5,000 members of the HSC Expert Network, including a training DVD for fire departments to learn effective methods for reaching very young children and their families as well as methods to evaluate program effectiveness.