DELEG's Bureau of Fire Services Pilots Risk Watch Injury Prevention Program in Schools; Accepts $10,000 Grant from State Farm Insurance

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March 5, 2010 - The Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth's Bureau of Fire Services and State Farm Insurance have partnered to provide the National Fire Protection Agency's (NFPA) Risk Watch® program to more than 35 fire departments across Michigan, sharing safety lessons with more than 82,000 Michigan children.

State Farm logoState Farm provided a $10,000 grant to bring the program to the state that will give children and their families the skills and knowledge they need to create safer homes and communities.

"Risk Watch® is an important program because preventable injuries are the number one health risk to children 14 and younger," said Michigan State Fire Marshal Ronald R. Farr.   According to the NFPA, unintentional injuries kill more than 5,000 children annually. 

Risk Watch photoRisk Watch® is the first comprehensive injury prevention program available for use in schools and the first time it will be shared with Michigan kids. The school-based curriculum for students in preschool through the eighth grade, links teachers with community safety experts and parents. The Bureau of Fire Services will use the grant to roll out training between fire and emergency personnel and educators.

 "We're excited we can impact so many kids and families in a positive way by providing the means to bring awareness and education to these preventable safety issues," said State Farm Agent Greg Lemanski.

Risk Watch® lessons are age-appropriate learning modules that are presented to students in about an hour a month and cover eight injury risk areas: motor vehicle safety, fire and burn prevention, choking, suffocation and strangulation prevention, poisoning prevention, falls prevention, firearms injury prevention, bike and pedestrian safety, and water safety. Risk Watch® compliments different learning styles and can consist of role-playing, games, demonstrations, storytelling, and letters to parents (to enable parents and caregivers to improve safety at home). 

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