The State Fire Marshal Division has a full-sized messaging guide available to keep fire prevention messaging consistent throughout the state. Holding the book horizontally allows you to show your audience pictures while you share the messages from the other side. Contact Kathi Osmonson or Bob Reif if you would like free copies of this.
Fire and Fall Prevention for Older Adults
In the past five years in Minnesota, 42 percent of fire deaths were adults over the age of 60. The fall rate in Minnesota is climbing faster than the national rate. In order to provide tools to drive these numbers down, the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association along with the State Fire Marshal Division has created an education program for older adults as well as a PowerPoint that you can edit and use for your presentations to older adults. The goal of this program guide is to provide an educational resource to fire departments and community partners that will help them teach older adults how to prevent fires and falls in their home. The goal is to save the lives and improve the quality of life of older adults.
This presentation by SFMD Fire and Life Safety Specialists Kathi Osmonson and Bob Reif at the 2021 Virtual Senior Safety Symposium has some great information.
Below you will find some lesson plans to help you teach grades K-6.
We have a robust lending library where you can borrow books, DVDs, Sparky costumes and more. Contact Bob Reif for more information.
Check out this fact sheet for more information about teaching people to call 911.
Recipe Book for Kitchen Safety
This printable recipe book was created by the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Public Education Committee.
The Red Cross will partner with you for smoke alarm installations and provide the alarms for free. Find your local chapter here.
The Home Fire Risk Map is a planning resource to improve regional in-home and smoke alarm installation by helping to identify vulnerable communities across the country.
Let the Home Fire Safety Patrol help you teach students how smoke alarms help families stay safe from home fire. Here is a link to Sound Off with the Home Fire Safety Patrol.
Fire Safety for Older Adults
College Fire Safety Presentation
Fire Safety & Prevention
Winter Fire Safety
The Materials Generator is a new tool that allows departments to generate customized door hangers, fliers and activity guides using proven fire safety messages with your own department logo and contact information. The tool was developed by a team of fire safety and communications experts to help enhance your community risk reduction programs. You can find the Materials Generator on the Vision 20/20 website.
Public Education Props
Through various grants. The Minnesota state fire Chiefs Public Education Committee has various props available to rent. These props includes two kitchen fire safety live demonstration units, an interactive kitchen education simulator, a safety hopper bounce house for kids, and a 911 float.
Side-by-side burn demonstrations are available through the National Fire Sprinkler Association. Learn more about scheduling a burn for your event here.
Sparky the Fire Dog
Let Sparky the Fire Dog help you. Sparky the Fire Dog is perfect for fire department officials teaching fire and life safety to children because it can communicate with them on their level. Sparky is not available to the general public.
Burn Institute's interactive website
The Burn Institute's Fire Safe Kid website is a fun, interactive place for kids to learn all about fire and burn prevention.
Firetrap is a game designed to teach children to quickly get out of the house in case of a fire.
Toys and tools: A lesson for children
Consider teaching young children about tools and toys. Here is a lesson plan and directions on making your own tool and toy kit boxes.