Teaching safety at a summer camp: Evaluation of a fire safety curriculum in an urban community setting

Audrie A. Chavez, Sarah V. Duzinski, Tareka C. Wheeler, Karla A. Lawson

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Objective To evaluate the effectiveness of the Danger Rangers Fire Safety Curriculum in increasing the fire safety knowledge of low-income, minority children in an urban community setting. Methods Data was collected from child participants via teacher/researcher administered pre-, post-, and retention tests. A self-administered questionnaire was collected from parents pre- and post-intervention to assess fire/burn prevention practices. Paired t-tests were conducted to compare pre-, post-, and retention test mean scores by grade group. McNemar's test was used to determine if there was a change in parent-reported prevention practices following the intervention. Results The first/second grade group and the third grade group scored significantly higher on the post- and retention test as compared to the pre-test (p < 0.0001 for all comparisons). There was no significant change in scores for the pre-k/k group after the intervention. There was a significant increase in 2 of 4 parent-reported fire/burn-related prevention practices after the intervention. Conclusion Fire safety knowledge improved among first to third grade children, but not among pre-kinder and kindergarten children who participated in the intervention. This study also showed that a program targeted towards children and delivered in a classroom setting has the potential to influence familial prevention practices by proxy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1172-1178
Number of pages7
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Burn prevention
  • Fire safety
  • Pediatrics
  • Program evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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