ERIC Number: ED333146
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
A Fire Safety Pre-Educational Plan.
A weekly dance at a community center was used to develop a teachable moment for active senior citizens regarding fire safety, in order to reduce their injuries and possible loss of life. A target group of active senior citizens 70 years of age and older who frequent the weekly community center dance was established for the program. The program contained four intervention strategies for increasing fire safety awareness: weekly contact with uniformed personnel, informational handouts, a safety tip in a monthly newsletter, and a mute television playing a looping safety message during the dance's intermission. Pretests and posttests were used with the senior citizens, comparing answers for knowledge gained. All safety requests generated by the program were recorded and the selection/procurement of informational brochures by the senior participants was monitored. The results indicated increased levels of fire safety knowledge and brochures taken during the dances along with a sharp increase in the number of requests for programs per month from 0 to 10. The study concluded that the preeducational plan can provide a sound basis for lowering the resistance of older adults toward educational/informational programs. The study recommended that follow-up include the development of a peer counseling group that can be used to monitor the behavioral change of individuals within their residence. (Appendixes include the preprogram survey along with pretest and posttest results, a comparison of the pre/posttest results, and 15 references.) (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.S. Practicum, Nova University.