Safe Kids at Home Gets National Recognition
January 27, 2017
A crowd of eager-faced, wide-eyed students and teachers of Anglo Urdu Boys School looked on as the Pune Fire Department put on a show by demonstrating firefighting equipment used in case of emergencies.
In its endeavor to make Pune a model safe city, Safe Kids Foundation (SKF), a not-for-profit organization, has identified 60 schools, including Anglo Urdu Boys School, as model safe schools. These schools will offer extensive fire safety training to students, teachers, support staff, and parents, and will have the right equipment and signage to deal with fire emergencies. All this is possible through the Honeywell-funded Safe Kids at Home corporate citizenship program, which seeks to prevent and reduce burns and scalds among children under 14 years old in Pune, in India’s Maharashtra state.
A firefighter showcases protective gear used during fire emergencies.
The program recently received national endorsement from the chief fire adviser to the government of India, who has recommended Safe Kids at Home content and curriculum for use across the country on National Fire and Evacuation Drills in Schools Day on January 21.In the past year since its launch in 2016, Safe Kids at Home has reached more than 150,000 students from 430 schools and 115,000 parents from 156 localities. The program has continued to receive overwhelming support from local civic authorities, including Pune Municipal Corporation and Pune Fire Department, which regularly sends its fire trucks and firefighters to schools to help raise awareness in fun and engaging ways.
By 2018, the program aims to make 325,000 children and 175,000 parents fire safety aware.