Introduction: Fire Safety and Your Family
A recent survey found that more than two-thirds of firefighters felt that fire safety is not taught to today's youth as well as it could be1. Almost all of these same firefighters (97%) felt that fire safety should be taught in school, with two-thirds adding that home is an important classroom for fire safety as well.
Another survey - this of educators and parents nationwide2 - found only half felt that fire safety is adequately taught to today's children, and that 95% said doing so is vital.
The Hartford's Junior Fire Marshal program is designed to help you begin to talk about - and teach - fire safety to your kids and family. Making time to educate children about safety issues is a very important component 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 your child's classroom.
1 Internet survey of 730 firefighters, conducted via firehouse.com, in August 2007
2 Survey of 400 attendees at the National PTA Convention, St. Louis, Mo., July 2007