The following was posted on the HealthLiteracy Listserv.
“Through May 2011, ProLiteracy is sponsoring the Keys to Safety Campaign, a national effort that promotes fire prevention and home safety education through local adult education and literacy programs. ProLiteracy is providing free materials and support to help Adult Basic Education, literacy, and ESL programs organize Keys to Safety activities in their communities, independently or in collaboration with area fire departments. Free fire and life safety materials for teachers and tutors to use with adult learners in instructional settings are also available through Keys to Safety. The materials are designed to reinforce reading and writing skills within the context of fire prevention and safety education
Residential fires are an important public health issue. Fire safety and prevention education can help mitigate the issue, but only if it is accessible. Adults with limited literacy may find it difficult to read or understand critical fire safety information. Without this information, these adults and their families are at a greater risk for loss, injury, or death due to fire.”