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LNTBWe've recently updated our Learn Not to Burn (LNTB) preschool program, which teaches young children about fire safety.

Updates to LNTB feature revised teacher lesson plans and parent/caregiver home link activities. Also, the program’s songs, which were originally recorded by Jim Post, now include singer and musician, Dante Ware, who’s joined Jim in singing and performing many of the songs.

For more than 40 years, LNTB has introduced the basics of fire safety to children, with a focus on positive, empowering messages. Those core elements will remain the same.

Because children ages five and under are among those at greatest risk to fire, it’s critical to teach them how to identify risks and protect themselves. Kids are also wonderful ambassadors of information and do a great job of bringing home the fire safety messages they’ve learned, which can make a significant impact on entire households.

Primarily taught in schools, LNTB’s program lessons are most appropriate for four- and five-year-olds, but can be used for Kindergarten children, too.

Released one at a time, the updated LNTB lesson plans and songs will be free to download on NFPA’s website. For more information about LNTB and other public safety initiatives, visit www.nfpa.org/education.

In light of the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, here are some resources that may be helpful for you to share with firefighters, EMTs, teachers, parents, grandparents, friends, community helpers, and other who work with children.
I found that several organizations have resources that can be helpful to anyone seeking to console or provide some process to deal with shock. After 9-11, the American Red Cross developed the award-winning curriculum titled "Facing Fear: Helping Children Cope with Terrorism and Tragic Events" K-12.”  It is free on the Canadian Red Cross website.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted several articles on its mental health pages , including “Coping with a Traumatic Event,” “Self Care Tips for Dealing with Stress,” and “How Families Can Help Children Cope with Fear and Anxiety.” 
The American Academy of Pediatrics has also assembled a collection of resources on their healthychildren.org home page.
Please let us know if you have found any other helpful resources. You can leave a comment with this blog or e-mail me at sgamache@nfpa.org .

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