October is a busy time for teachers. Classes
roll into high gear and in many areas, students participate in high stakes, standardized testing. As we know, Fire Prevention Week also takes place in October. Fire and Life Safety educators visit hundreds of schools throughout the month. Many great FPW stories and photos have crossed my desk over the past week. Firefighters are working hard to support standards-based instruction and the public education division at NFPA helps by developing free, digital teaching tools aligned to the Common Core. If you haven’t seen them yet, check out the Sparky’s Birthday Surprise app and the Rescue Dogs, Firefighting Heroes, and Science Facts e-book for great resources.
We are thankful for the Fire and Life Safety educators who run special safety sessions in October. I urge everyone to also thank the teachers and school administrators who open their doors for important fire safety presentations, lessons, and events. We are fortunate so many teachers are willing to share time in their busy schedules to help students learn to be fire safe. We know the work teachers do is challenging and every minute of the school day is valuable. Partnerships between schools and local fire departments are an important for community risk reduction programs and go a long way in keeping kids and families safe from fire.