Student Awareness of Fire Education (SAFE) Program

What Is SAFE?

The Student Awareness of Fire Education (SAFE) Program is a state initiative to provide resources to local fire departments to conduct fire and life safety education programs in grades K through 12. The mission is to enable students to recognize the dangers of fire and more specifically the fire hazards tobacco products pose.


Key Fire Safety Behaviors

There are 23 Key Fire Safety Behaviors that should be taught in age and developmentally appropriate ways, such as:

  • Stop, Drop, and Roll
  • Making and Practicing Home Escape Plans
  • Reporting Fires and Emergencies
  • Crawl Low Under Smoke
  • Smoke Detector Maintenance
  • Kitchen Safety
  • Holiday Safety and more

Fire and life safety are easily combined with math, science, language arts, health, and physical education lessons. Integration into the existing curriculum topics is essential.

Child Fire Deaths

The average annual number of fire deaths of children under age 18 has fallen by two- thirds, 66%, since the start of the SA.F.E. Program in the fall of 1995. Since fire death numbers fluctuate quite a bit from year to year, it is helpful to look both at the trend line in the graph below and at averages over several years. During the 15 full years that the SA.F.E. Program has been in effect, from 1996 to 2011, the average number of child fire deaths per year is 6. In the 14 years prior to the SA.F.E. Program, 1981 to 1994, the average number of child fire deaths per year was 18.

Child Fire Deaths