Friday, December 19, 2008

Be FireSmart This Holiday Season

Did you know that there are over 47,000 fires each year during the holiday season? Liberty Mutual has started a project to help promote fire safety awareness to parents, children and educators. uses an interactive approach on their website.

Children age 5 and under are twice as likely to die in a fire as the rest of us. So it is vital that parents check out the section dedicated to them on the site by clicking here. There are tips to make your home safer, interactive quizzes, and more.

For children, there is a wonderful video on the "Where's The Fire" exhibit by Liberty Mutual at Disney's Epcot Center. The video is filled with information on how to prevent fires in the home (which account for 80% of all fires). There are also games for your child to play, as well as a coloring book to download.

If you are a homeschooling mom like me, or in any other education position, check out the section for educators. Many children will hide in the midst of a fire and all of the equipment that a fire fighter must wear can be very intimidating to a child, making it harder for a rescue worker to find them. So I highly recommend the tool that teaches how to ease a child's fear of fire fighters.

There's even a section for our brave fire fighting heroes, complete with awards and honors.

From my house to yours, may your holiday season be fun AND safe!


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