The mission of the Denver Firefighters Museum (DFM) has always been to save lives by teaching children and their families about fire safety and prevention. While we maintain a record of the past, we also look to the future for more fire-safe families. The education department asks for your support in this time of extreme need to complete this mission. Our project is to keep up up-to-date seasonal hand-outs and to create a children’s fire safety gallery.
There is a need in Colorado for fire safety education, and this is especially true for children with different abilities, ethnically diverse backgrounds, and children from lower incomes. Children 5 and under are at least twice as likely to die in a fire compared to other age groups. Children with different abilities - mental, physical, developmental - are at an increased risk of getting trapped in home fires. In addition, the rate at which children from diverse and lower income communities are killed in fires is higher than their demographic share of the population. This is a problem right now, and we want your assistance to improve the situation.
Our take-home materials address seasonal fire safety and hazard issues, allowing visitors to return home and put into practice the fire safety and prevention messages learned during their families’ visit to DFM. This includes topics such as:
· January – heating safety/scald prevention
· February – heating safety/burn awareness
· March - Daylight Savings paired with smoke alarm battery changes
· April – cooking safety/scalding prevention
· May - arson awareness/juvenile fire safety
· June – home escape planning/outdoor cooking safety/firework safety
· July – outdoor cooking/campfire safety
· August – outdoor cooking/wildfire safety
· September – National Preparedness Month/home escape planning
· October – Fire Prevention Month/Halloween
· November - Daylight Savings paired with smoke alarm battery changes
· December – holiday fire safety/heating safety
We are building a children’s fire safety gallery! It’s a space just for kids that’s built around a town concept to teach hands-on fire prevention lessons. These lessons are modeled after the National Fire Protection Association’s E.D.I.T.H. program, Emergency Drills In The Home. This exhibit space is designed to instill fire-safe knowledge in every child who enters our doors in a fun, child-sized environment. The gallery includes:
· A fire science exhibit focusing on the fire triangle and fire prevention next to a kid’s size fire truck complete with lockers full of firefighting gear to play dress up.
· A classroom-style space with rotating activities for different age groups, seasons and to celebrate birthdays.
· A stop-drop-and-roll station
· An activity station full of games, books, puzzles, activity mats, kid sized chairs and fire truck lamps
· Next is the “Beeping Ben” activity station that demonstrates why smoke detectors are so important
· An amazing two-story, kid sized, escape house! Two upstairs bedrooms allow kids to learn how to escape from “smoky” rooms, crawl low under smoke, and two exits from every room. The kitchen teaches about fire hazards and has a table for activities. The living room has a tv and a bookcase full of videos to watch from huge bean bag chairs scattered on cozy rugs. Don’t forget the safe meeting place outside by the tree or mailbox, your family’s choice!
· Once outside the house, there is a 9-1-1 phone to practice calling for help.
The Museum is seeking funding from anyone invested in teaching fire safety to children. You could be a firefighter, teacher, public representative, scientist, or parent. We all share the overall objective of saving lives in the community by teaching children fire safety and prevention. Help us bring fire safety concepts to life in a fun, engaging environment built just for kids. Your generous donation will ensure the success of this project.
- TONY HELFER
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