The Risk Watch® Philosophy
For children ages 14 and under, the number-one health risk isn’t drugs or disease: it’s injuries. Each year, unintentional injuries kill more than 5,000 kids and injure more than 6,000,000. In Canada, injuries are the leading cause of death for children over one year of age.
Every time a child is injured or killed by an unintentional injury, everyone suffers – the child, his or her family, classmates and friends, and the entire community. Sadly, the vast majority of these injuries are not random “accidents” – they are predictable and preventable. With education, motivation, and the support of caring adults, NFPA believes that children can learn to be much safer.
What is Risk Watch?
Risk Watch is the first comprehensive injury prevention program available for use in schools. Developed by NFPA 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 that links teachers with community safety experts and parents. The curriculum is divided into four age-appropriate teaching modules (Pre-K/Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grades 5-6, and Grade 3, 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