The objective of this study was to determine the impact of a community based fire prevention intervention directed only to parents on the fire safety knowledge and behavior in elementary school children. This was a prospective, quasi-randomized controlled study in which third and fourth grade students from two elementary schools in an urban, poor, minority community completed knowledge/behavior surveys at baseline and following completion of the intervention. The intervention group received an in-home visit from fire department personnel who installed free lithium smoke detectors and provided a fire escape plan. After accounting for a small difference in baseline summary scores of knowledge and behavior between the control and intervention groups, this study found a modest improvement in fire safety behavior among children whose families received a fire prevention intervention reflecting a change in household fire safety practices. However, there was no significant change in fire safety knowledge.
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↵* This work was performed while Dr Hwang was a fellow in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
This study was funded by National SAFE KIDS Campaign in partnership with the United States Fire Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Competing interests: none.
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