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or children ages 14 and under, the #1 health risk isn’t kidnapping, drugs, or disease. It’s injuries.

The statistics are staggering. Traffic injuries, drownings, fires and burns, firearm injuries, falls, poisonings… each year in the United States, unintentional injuries kill more than 7,000 kids and permanently disable more than 50,000. That’s more than drugs and disease combined. 13 mil- lion children—one in four— are injured seriously enough

to require medical attention.

are injured seriously enough to require medical attention. With proper education, children can learn to be
are injured seriously enough to require medical attention. With proper education, children can learn to be

With proper education,

children can learn to

be much safer and

prevent injuries.

In Canada, injuries are the leading cause of death for children over one year of
In Canada, injuries are the leading
cause of death for children over one
year of age. Risk Watch TM helps kids beat
the odds. With proper
education, children
can learn to be much
safer and prevent
injuries. And that’s
exactly what Risk Watch
is designed to do. Perfect
for schools as well as
Risk Watch activities
combine teaching and
imagination to help
children learn to pro-
mote their own personal
safety, as well as that
of their family and
community.
educational programs in
fire departments, hospitals, and other
community agencies, Risk Watch gives
kids the skills and knowledge they
need to recognize and avoid risks.
TM

Risk Watch is a trademark of the National Fire Protection Association.

Help keep kids safe!

Lesson 1 Motor Vehicle
Lesson 1
Motor Vehicle

Safety

Lesson 2
Lesson 2
Lesson 3
Lesson 3

Choking, Suffocation, and Strangulation Prevention

Fire and Burn Prevention Lesson 4
Fire and Burn
Prevention
Lesson 4
Lesson 5 Falls
Lesson 5
Falls

Prevention

Poisoning

Prevention Lesson 6
Prevention
Lesson 6
Lesson 7 Bike and
Lesson 7
Bike and

Pedestrian Safety

Firearms Injury

Prevention Lesson 8
Prevention
Lesson 8

Water Safety

A broad-based injury prevention program developed by a pioneering force in safety education. For more

A broad-based injury prevention program developed by a pioneering force in safety education.

For more than 20 years, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has been the leader in developing quality, com- prehensive fire safety education. During that time, we have seen just how powerful a weapon edu- cation can be. For example, our widely acclaimed Learn Not to Burn ® Curriculum, used in more than 250,000 classrooms nation- wide as well as in Canada and Great Britain, has helped save hundreds of people from fire injury or death since its introduc- tion in 1979. Building on this success, NFPA has expanded the scope of its educational efforts and teamed up with Lowe’s Home Safety Council and a coalition of North America’s most authoritative injury prevention professionals to develop Risk Watch. This innova- tive curriculum targets the eight major risk areas that kill or injure the most children each year: motor vehicle crashes; fires and burns; choking, suffocation, and strangu- lation; poisoning; falls; uninten- tional firearms incidents; bike and pedestrian hazards; and water hazards.

Support from a coalition of North America’s most authoritative injury prevention professionals ensures information of the highest quality Helping NFPA develop Risk Watch is a Technical Advisory Group comprised of a select team of professionals representing national organizations with recog- nized expertise in each risk area. They provide research data, technical content, and appropriate prevention messages as well as a review of curriculum lessons. The members of this distinguished group represent:

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Association of Poison Control Centers

American Automobile Association

American Red Cross

Center to Prevent Handgun Violence

Consumer Federation of America

Duke University Medical Center

Emergency Medical Services for Children

Johns Hopkins University

Lowe’s Home Safety Council

Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (CDC)

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

National SAFE KIDS Campaign ®

National Safety Council

Sowers Associates

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

U.S. Fire Administration

University of Wisconsin

Risk Watch’s experiential approach to education makes learning fun!

Risk Watch activities combine teaching and imagination to help children learn to promote their own personal safety and well- being, as well as that of their friends, family, and community. Using the latest in child develop- ment and injury prevention, Risk Watch actively involves students in lively exercises such as creating a safety trade show and analyzing risky behaviors through story- telling, role-playing, songs, etc. It’s a unique chance for kids to learn about injury prevention, apply that knowledge in practice situations, and develop the atti- tude and motivation to make the safe choices in a risky situation. Risk Watch also encourages participation by community experts to reinforce lessons with a “real-world” perspective.

The curriculum requires as little as nine hours per school year, but the benefits last a lifetime.

Field tested successfully in the United States and Canada, Risk Watch is a sequential program of instruction involving children at five learning levels from preschool through grade 8. At each level, kids act out learning activities by assuming a character role appro- priate to their developmental stage. Each unit addresses all eight risk areas and builds on prior lessons, allowing for an increasing degree of comprehen- sion and complexity. Modules can also be used independently. Risk Watch’s flexibile curriculum can be taught as a stand-alone unit or easily integrated into subjects such as health, language arts, and physical education.

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