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Sustainability of an In-Home Fire Prevention Intervention

Duchossois, Gina P. MS; Nance, Michael L. MD; Garcia-Espana, J. Felipe PhD; Flores, Joseph MS

doi: 10.1097/JTN.0b013e3181ca0876
Sections: Clinical Research

Residential fires remain a challenge in many parts of the United States. This project assessed the sustainability of a community-based fire prevention intervention on household fire safety knowledge and practices. The design was a prospective, cohort study including preintervention and postintervention surveys, which assessed participants' fire safety knowledge and behavior. The implementation of an in-home visit to educate parents of third- and fourth-grade students on escape planning coupled with the installation of smoke alarms can be successful in increasing basic fire safety knowledge and household fire safety practices.

Gina P. Duchossois, MS, is Trauma Prevention Coordinator with Safe Kids Southeastern Pennsylvania Coalition, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Michael L. Nance, MD, is Director, Trauma & Surgical Critical Care at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Associate Professor of Pediatric Surgery, J. Felipe Garcia-Espana, PhD, is Biostatistician/Demographer in the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Joseph Flores, MS, is Safety Manager with University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Corresponding Author: Gina P. Duchossois, MS, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Trauma Program, 34th St, Civic Center Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (

This study was funded by a grant from Safe Kids Worldwide in partnership with the United States Fire Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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