258447 Assessment of the Student Awareness of Fire Education (SAFE) Program: Results of child fire and life safety education in Massachusetts

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 2:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Jane Moore, MSW, LICSW , Jane Moore Consulting, Jamaica Plain, MA
In 2007, 12% of child injury deaths in Massachusetts (2007) resulted from fire and burns. In 1996 Massachusetts Department of Fire Services initiated Student Awareness of Fire Education (SAFE) grants to support local community fire departments to provide fire and life safety education in elementary schools. In the first 16 years of the program, child fire deaths decreased by nearly 70%, compared to the previous 14 years. Two hundred sixty-nine children have received 'young heroes' awards for using what they learned to save lives. The SAFE program includes training, opportunity for certification, technical assistance and, beginning in 2009, assessment of child learning. This presentation describes the program, focusing on design and implementation of a structured assessment of learning resulting from this education. The assessment has implemented a 3rd grade level multiple-choice test, with a user guide and database for use by firefighter/educators. Implementation included training on how to use the test and findings to improve teaching and outcomes. Data from first two years confirmed solid understanding of escape planning and fire prevention, and identified critical safety areas needing improved learning: proper maintenance of smoke detectors, burn prevention, correct stop-drop-and-roll and first aid for burns. MADFS is currently implementing phase two, a similar system for 6th grade students. A test for 10th grade students is being piloted in Spring 2012. Presentation will describe identification of concepts to be tested, design and testing of the assessment instrument, and implementation components: guide, database and training. Findings and applications will be described and discussed.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe potential outcomes of fire and life safety education 2. Identify key concepts for elementary level fire and life safety education 3. Design method for classroom based testing of fire and life safety learning 4. Discuss findings and applications

Keywords: Children, Injuries

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have designed and implemented program evaluations & assessments funded by state and federal agencies. Projects have been in fields of substance abuse, parent-child relationships, injury and violence prevention education and service programs. Reports of these projects have been published in peer-reviewed journals. The proposed presentation describes a project funded by the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services. Products of the project are the property of MADFS.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.