More Than Fire Safety—LIFE SAFETY!
Developing appropriate life safety skills needs to begin early to ensure our youth grown up to be adults. That’s why North Metro Fire Rescue District’s programs focus on the unintentional injury hazards that we encounter each day. Our goal is to help kids prevent mishaps and deal with emergencies when they occur. North Metro Fire’s fire and life safety education programs cover bicycle safety, proper helmet fit, fire and burn prevention, and fall prevention. Every 3rd grade student in the District receives this education, and the program has been expanded to reinforce these behaviors with 5th grade students.
Additional programs for kids include:
Juvenile Firesetter Program
Playing With Fire…A Dangerous Game!
Everyone in the community, including parents, fire and police departments, teachers, churches and the medical community need to get involved to help our youth who are setting fires. Curiosity about fire is natural for children, but setting fires is not.
North Metro Fire encourages parents to call us for help immediately if you have or know of a child that is experimenting with fire and accelerants. A FREE program to educate youth in a safe, private, one-on-one environment is offered to kids up to age 17. This program is designed to deter and educate children about the dangers of fire play before problems reach a point that result in intentional juvenile fire-setting.
Scheduling: Contact North Metro Fire to schedule.
Contact: (720) 887-0404.
Some signs parents should look for to spot fire play include:
• Burn spots on carpet or furniture
• Burned paper or ashes under a bed, in the trash or around a desk
• Burn spots in the yard, around school, home or open space
• Missing matches or lighters
• Missing aerosol cans, gasoline, alcohol products or chemicals
• Stories from your children’s friends or siblings
• Reports of fire activity from school officials or activity leaders
Risk Watch® to all 3rd grade & 5th grade
Since 2000, North Metro Fire has implemented the Risk Watch® Program in coordination with all elementary schools in the fire district. The professionally developed program targets specific age groups and is designed to prevent common accidental injuries within the age group. Currently North Metro Fire is teaching the program to 3rd graders and 5th graders. Throughout the year, students learn about life safety topics including: fire and burn prevention, fall prevention, water safety and bike and pedestrian safety.
For more information about this program and to bring it to your child’s school or grade level, contact (720) 887-0404.
Car Seat Inspections and Safety Education
Motor vehicle crashes are the No. 1 cause of unintentional death among children ages 1 to 19 in the United States (Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention.) Of the children ages 12 years and younger who died in a crash in 2014, 34% were not buckled up. Many more were improperly restrained. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
According to Safe Kids Worldwide:
- When installed and used correctly, child safety seats and safety belts can prevent injuries and save lives. Child safety seats can reduce fatal injury by up to 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers (ages 1 to 4).
- It is estimated that 263 children were saved due to restraint use in 2013 alone.
- From 1975 through 2013, an estimated 10,421 lives were saved by child safety seats or adult seat belts for children ages 4 and under.
- In 2011, 98 percent of caregivers of children ages 8 and under used restraints when transporting their children. Almost half of these caregivers did not use the restraint correctly, which reduces the protection provided in the event of a crash.
- Only 32 percent of caregivers using rear-facing convertible car seats are very confident that they are using them correctly (in a manner which would save their child’s life during a crash).
North Metro Fire offers child safety seat inspections for residents who are interested in having their child safety seats inspected by a certified passenger safety seat technician. Please install the child seat according to manufacturer’s guidelines prior to attending the inspection checkpoint.
Car seat inspections are held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of every month:
9 a.m. until noon (by appointment)
• North Metro Fire Station 62, 10550 Huron Street, Northglenn
• North Metro Fire Station 64, 13515 Lowell Boulevard, Broomfield
Car seat inspections are free to all North Metro Fire residents but must be made by appointment.
Schedule your car seat appointment: (303) 452-9910
While North Metro firefighters will do their best to fulfill all appointments, North Metro Fire’s first priority is emergency response. If the firefighters are responding to an emergency and are not at the station at the time of your appointment, you may wait a few minutes to see if they return, or call our Headquarters to reschedule for another time. We apologize in advance for any inconveniences and appreciate your understanding and patience.
This program provides youth in the 2nd grade the opportunity to practice their telephone and emergency phone call skills through an interactive 911 system. Children learn what is considered an “emergency,” when to call 911 and what they can expect to be asked by the emergency dispatcher.
Scheduling: Please provide two weeks prior notice
Contact: (720) 887-0404