The Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) program provides grants to local fire departments to teach fire and life safety to children in schools. The program teaches students to recognize the dangers of fire and the fire hazards of tobacco products through 23 key fire safety behaviors taught in developmentally appropriate ways. Fire and life safety is easy to combine with math, science, language arts and health or physical education lessons, making it easy to collaborate with school teachers. Since the S.A.F.E. program began in 1996, child fire deaths have dropped significantly in Massachusetts.
S.A.F.E. is one of two fire and life safety education grant programs available to Massachusetts fire departments. The second program is Senior SAFE, which aims to reduce older adult fire deaths through fire and life safety education.
FY2019 S.A.F.E. and Senior SAFE Grants
Fire safety houses
The program funds the purchase of one fire safety house for each of the 15 fire mobilization districts of the Commonwealth. Every fire department has access to one of these educational tools for teaching fire prevention and fire survival in an interactive manner. It's equipped with a living room, kitchen, bedroom, and control room.