One of MySafe:LA’s core mission components is teaching children to be more aware of fire and life safety issues. The Junior Fire Inspector program has been an active part of our educational outreach for more than eight years, with more than 20,000 students completing the program.
So, what does it take to become a Junior Fire Inspector?
MySafe:LA visits an elementary school to meet with 4th and 5th grade students. There are three visits in total. In the first two, the students are taught about fire and life safety issues. They take those messages home to their families, and in addition inspect their homes for working smoke alarms. If they need an alarm, one is provided at no cost.
Once the students complete the multi-step process, they are awarded Junior Fire Inspector ID cards, bumper stickers, and materials that they can then use to help create a safer environment for their immediate family. It’s a program that has demonstrable results, and families have been able to escape home fires due to the education provided.