Are you currently in the process of designing your fire safety education program for the coming month? We’ll take you through a few important areas that you should cover during the planning process. The key to your community’s safety is proper planning. We’ll cover some basic tips below to help you design a fire safety education program that best meets your needs.
Understand the Risks in your Community
It’s important to analyze your fire department’s data or any risk assessment information provided in your municipality. This will help you to know the potential risks in your community or rather the leading causes of fire and plan ahead of time. Common ignition sources that should be addressed in most communities include cooking, use of heating or electrical distribution equipment and smoking.
For each ignition source, you need to understand who is at risk, where the risk is as well as the fire safety objective for each risk. For instance, if the risk is cooking then the people who may be at an increased risk are senior residences and this may occur throughout the year. Therefore, you need to specify an activity in your public education program that will address this risk.
Fire Education Activities to Address Known Risks
Once you narrow down the fire risks in your community, the next important step is to come up with a list of activities that you are going to conduct in order to address them. These activities shouldn’t be planned just for the month but throughout the year. However, it’s best to ensure each fire education activity addresses the risks within that month. When listing activities, provide details such as the number of attendees, the location, resources or materials needed as well as the costs involved to successfully deliver that activity or program.
For each activity that you include in your fire safety education plan, make sure you provide details for:
- The audience e.g schools, children, seniors
- Fire safety topics for each month
- Number of sessions per activity
- Type of event
- Resources or materials used
- Number of staff required to deliver the activity/program
The program should include basics to prevent fire risks for the month. For instance, for the month of November, a few prevention steps that you can take include:
- Participate in the Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week November 1 to 7th 2017
- Educate on heating safety. You can send information to local media to raise awareness in your community and also tweet using the heating safety hashtags to sensitize people on the fire hazards during winter.
- Offer presentations on electrical safety. You can also share electrical safety tweets
- Prepare lesson plans for fire crews who can deliver them to kids in your community
Your fire safety plan is as good as how well you choose to implement it. You need to track activities each month to ensure your progressing according to plan. Take advantage of online fire resources to educate your community on important fire safety topics.