TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) – Tucson Fire Department added a drowning prevention component to its Parent Preschool Program this year.
The program is delivered through a classroom visit to local preschools, recreation centers and summer school programs. Educational materials, and safety resources are also distributed to parents through the program.
Approximately 60 preschools participated in the program in 2010.
The purpose of the Parent/Preschool Program is to prevent childhood injury and death by raising awareness of the leading causes of death and injury to children and by teaching parents protective behaviors to prevent those injuries from occurring.
The program consists of two components:
- A preschool lesson during which children are taught how to react safely to a fire emergency.
- A parent class during which parents are taught how to prevent injury in the home by employing “the 3 Ss of Home Safety” “ﾓ Supervision, Security and Safety Training.
On Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at 9:30 a.m., at Los Ninos Head Start 5445 S. Alvernon Way, the TFD education team will be teaching drowning prevention to students and parents.
Tucson Fire Captain Trish Tracy says the 20-minute class has valuable information that could save lives.