For years LKLP Head Start has provided children and families with fire safety education. The Head Start centers often visit the local fire departments and firefighters visit the centers.
Although winter is the season when most house fires take place, fires can happen any time throughout the year. LKLP Head Start serves approximately 730 children and their families. Many of the families are low-income and live in older homes and manufactured homes. During this past winter there were several home fires among the LKLP Head Start families.
LKLP Head Start began searching for a way to further ensure that families are safe from fire. Family and Child Development Specialist Brett Sexton contacted the Firefighters Charitable Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that provides aid to victims of fire, assists other non-profit agencies, and assist volunteer fire departments.
The foundation donated money to LKLP Head Start to purchase 86 smoke alarms. Three centers have surveyed families to determine who is in need of alarms and how many each family needs. In addition to the initial 86 alarms, LKLP Head Start is applying to receive more smoke alarms with an estimation of installing the alarms in 100 families’ homes.
LKLP Head Start plans to partner with the local fire departments to provide fire safety education to the staff , children, and families. Spokesmen for LKLP Head Start say the program greatly appreciates the generosity of the Firefighters Charitable Foundation and the local fire departments.