are some of the most commonly asked questions and answers about NFPA's Risk
What is Risk Watch?
Risk Watch is the first comprehensive injury prevention program designed
for use in classrooms. Linking teachers with community safety experts and parents,
Risk Watch effectively teaches kids and their families the skills and knowledge
they need to be safe from the areas they're at greatest risk to unintentional
The Risk Watch curriculum is divided into five teaching modules (Pre-K/Kindergarten,
Grades 1-2, Grades 3-4, Grades 5-6, and Grades 7-8), each of which addresses the
Risk Watch was designed for maximum flexibility so that injury prevention
can be taught as a stand-alone unit or easily integrated into core curriculum
subjects such as health, language arts, or physical education. Each module includes
eight lesson cards that feature a lesson plan with objectives, preparation, and
materials needed, as well as step-by-step procedures to conduct a focused classroom
activity. The modules also contain: a set of warm-up exercises and tips to help
students step into character roles; cross-age learning activities; evaluation
instruments; and a series of fun activities designed to help students practice
their injury prevention skills.
Why focus on unintentional injuries?
In the U.S., unintentional injuries are more fatal to children than drugs
and disease combined, annually killing more than 5,500 kids and permanently
disabling more than 92,000. In Canada, injuries are the leading cause of death
over one year of age.
However, NFPA firmly believes that the traffic injuries, drownings, fires,
scald burns, chokings, poisonings, and falls suffered by children each year are
not random "accidents;" they are predictable and preventable. With education,
motivation, and the support of caring adults, children can learn to be much safer.
Who developed Risk Watch?
Risk Watch was developed by National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
with input from a technical
advisory group (TAG) comprised of North America's most authoritative injury prevention
professionals. These experts have helped ensure that all information in the Risk
Watch program is of the highest quality.
What is NFPA?
NFPA is a nonprofit, safety organization that has worked to
protect the public from fire and other hazards for more than 100 years. As
of its mission, NFPA has developed public education curricula that teach specific
safety messages to targeted age groups. For more than 20 years, NFPA's highly
acclaimed Learn Not to Burn® programs have taught key fire safety
messages to children in pre-K through grade 3; Remembering
When, NFPA's fall and fire prevention program, is geared toward
Why was Risk Watch developed by NFPA?
As the developer of fire safety education programs for more than 20 years,
NFPA has long known what a powerful tool education can be. Building on its
success with other fire and life safety education programs, NFPA expanded its
target the eight areas children are at greatest risk to injury, including fires
Does Risk Watch really work?
NFPA strongly believes in measuring and evaluating the impact of its educational
curricula, as these "tests" are the only way to determine whether its programs
truly impact target audiences. As a result, NFPA has worked to evaluate Risk
Watch every step of the way - before, during, and after the curriculum's development.
NFPA has completed the third year of a three-year independent study on Risk
Watch in six communities. Results of the study
conducted by Interwest Applied Research, an external evaluation firm, show there
is "indisputable evidence" that Risk Watch is effective in teaching important
How is Risk Watch Used?
Risk Watch is primarily used by teachers in the classroom. However,
the program is most typically introduced to schools and teachers by a coalition
of local safety advocates, such as public educators from the fire department,
public health department, and police department, and others who work collaboratively
to implement Risk Watch locally. Once the program is used in the classroom,
personnel from these departments actively support Risk Watch lessons through
classroom visits and presentations.
What is an NFPA Champion/Champion Management Team
An NFPA Champion is a local safety advocate who applies for and receives
funding from NFPA to implement and promote Risk Watch and/or other NFPA
programs in their communities. Most recently, NFPA developed CMTs, which consist
of cross-functional teams of state-level safety advocates who oversee implementation
of Risk Watch in multiple communities.
What are Risk Watch "Saves" and "Successes?"
NFPA documents incidents in which children learned a safety behavior through
the Risk Watch curriculum, and effectively used those skills to protect
themselves and/or other people from a potentially life-threatening situation.
Each of the people who benefited from a child's actions (including the child himself
or herself) are referred to as "Saves". "Successes" are incidents in which a child's
actions have reduced the danger of a potentially harmful situation. Teachers are
encouraged to let NFPA know when your students put their Risk Watch skills
to use so that we may acknowledge the student and others who helped establish
Risk Watch in your community.