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Keywords

Children, Fire intervention, Fire prevention, Fire safety, Smoke alarms

 

Authors

  1. Duchossois, Gina P. MS
  2. Nance, Michael L. MD
  3. Garcia-Espana, J. Felipe PhD
  4. Flores, Joseph MS

ABSTRACT

Residential fires remain a challenge in many parts of the United States. This project assessed the sustainability of a community-based fire prevention intervention on household fire safety knowledge and practices. The design was a prospective, cohort study including preintervention and postintervention surveys, which assessed participants' fire safety knowledge and behavior. The implementation of an in-home visit to educate parents of third- and fourth-grade students on escape planning coupled with the installation of smoke alarms can be successful in increasing basic fire safety knowledge and household fire safety practices.