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Now Starring: Fire, Safety and Your Child
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Shilpika Das
January 15, 2008

Alarming fire statistics can cause any parent to worry. Consider these two facts from the U.S. Fire Administration:

  • Each year, about 300 people die in fires attributed to children playing with fire.
  • Children under the age of five are twice as likely to die in a home fire than the rest of the U.S. population.
A new educational DVD is packed with creative tools to teach fire safety to preschoolers

Fire Safety for Children

1. If you see matches or lighters, tell an adult. Don’t touch them.

2. Know what the smoke alarm sounds like and go outside if you hear it.

3. If there is a fire, crawl under the smoke and go to your family meeting place.

4. Call 9-1-1 after you get outside.

5. Remember that firefighters are your friends and they help you if there is a fire.

But thanks to the American Red Cross and Safety4Kids LLC, anxious parents can relax a little. The two organizations have partnered to release SeeMore’s Playhouse: Fire Safety, an educational DVD designed to teach children the importance of fire safety.

The first of four joint DVDs slated for release this year, Fire Safety combines education and entertainment to teach children how to prepare for and prevent fires. Through the Emmy Award-winning children’s show SeeMore’s Playhouse, children learn and practice critical safety concepts while enjoying entertaining programs.

SeeMore’s Playhouse is a wonderful platform to talk to children about safety and preparedness,” says Darlene Sparks Washington, director of preparedness for the American Red Cross. “By keeping it entertaining and fun, we help children learn about lifesaving information in an environment that appeals to them specifically.”

In the fire safety episode of the DVD titled I’m Bigger Than You, children will join colorful characters like SeeMore the Safety Seal to learn about fire safety issues, including the importance of having a family escape plan. Designed to capture preschoolers’ attention from start to finish, Fire Safety teaches children important safety lessons through amusing puppetry, jokes and memorable songs.

Packed with fun, creativity and valuable lessons, the DVD also includes informative safety tips from Parenting magazine on childproofing your home. Children can sing along to catchy tunes like “Danger Danger Don’t Touch,” which discusses household safety, and “Buckle Up,” which teaches car safety in the bonus episodes.

SeeMore’s Playhouse: Fire Safety is available through many local Red Cross chapters, Amazon.com, Borders Bookstores, Target.com, Publix, Rite Aid and other fine retailers. Five percent of the purchase price of the DVD will support the programs and services of the American Red Cross.

You can find more information about fire safety on this Website. To learn more about SeeMore’s Playhouse, click here.

The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Last year, almost a million volunteers and 35,000 employees helped victims of almost 75,000 disasters; taught lifesaving skills to millions; and helped U.S. service members separated from their families stay connected. Almost 4 million people gave blood through the Red Cross, the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. The American Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.

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