Safety Tips for Educators

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Calling all teachers! Got class? The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) is dedicated to the safety and well being of your students and is committed to teaching children and families in Montgomery County about fire safety and the prevention of unintentional injuries in the community and in the classroom. To address the safety needs of children in Montgomery County, we offer the nationally acclaimed "Risk Watch" safety program for delivery in the classroom.

Risk Watch is the first comprehensive injury prevention program available for use in schools. Developed by NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) with co-funding from the Lowe's Home Safety Council 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 school-based curriculum, aligned with the State's Standards of Learning, that links teachers with community safety experts and parents. The curriculum is divided into five age-appropriate teaching modules (Pre-K/Kindergarten, Grades 1-2, Grades 3-4, Grades 5-6, and Grades 7-8), 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

In addition to classrooms, Risk Watch is available to day care centers, before and after school programs, scout troops, camps and church groups. We love to support your safety efforts in the classroom! For more information, please contact us at 240-777-2463.

Risk Watch lessons are not merely "add-ons." They can be used to meet learning objectives in mandated subject areas. NFPA has correlated Risk Watch lessons with the health and language arts learning objectives required by virtually every state and Canadian province.