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For children ages 14 and under, the number-one health risk isn't drugs or disease: it's injuries. Each year, unintentional injuries kill more than 5,000 kids and injure more than 6,000,000.
Every time a child is injured or killed by an unintentional injury, everyone suffers - the child, his or her family, classmates and friends, and the entire community. Sadly, the vast majority of these injuries are not random "accidents" - they are predictable and preventable.
Developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and in collaboration with a panel of respected safety and injury prevention experts, Risk Watch gives children and their families the skills and knowledge they need to create safer homes and communities. Risk Watch is a comprehensive injury prevention program available for use in schools.
Risk Watch® is a school-based curriculum that links teachers with community safety experts and parents. The curriculum is divided into four age-appropriate teaching modules: Pre-K/Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3, each of which addresses the following topics:
- Motor vehicle safety
- Fire and burn prevention
- Choking, suffocation and strangulation prevention
- Poisoning prevention
- Falls prevention
- Firearms injury prevention
- Bike and pedestrian safety
- Water safety
Florence Fire/EMS Department successfully applied for and received federal grant funding that provided the Risk Watch curriculum and materials to each of the elementary schools in the city of Florence. The department provides continued support to the teachers in these schools that provide this crucial education to the children of the community.