Pune: In its endeavor to spread fire safety awareness across Pune, Safe Kids Foundation and Honeywell India have expanded the nationally-recognized Safe Kids at Home program to Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) area.
Funded by a Honeywell India grant and implemented by Safe Kids Foundation, Safe Kids at Home is a home safety program that helps prevent and reduce burns and scalds among children under 14 years old, in Pune. Backed by extensive market research, the program uses cutting-edge, experiential, and fun educational tools to reach 425,000 children and 250,000 parents in Pune by 2018.
Cinthia Pinto, Program Director, Safe Kids Foundation, said, “After the successful implementation of Safe Kids at Home program in Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) area two years ago, we are pleased to expand the program to PCMC. Through interactive class room sessions and community awareness drives, we intend to create 80 model safe schools and 50 model communities exclusively in the PCMC area.”
Kiran Gawade, Chief Fire Officer, Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, said, “PCMC is a burgeoning industrial hub. To be able to support this growth sustainably, we need to prevent and reduce fire incidents caused by negligence or lack of awareness around fire prevention and mitigation. While our firefighters do a great job as first responders to save lives and assets, increased fire safety awareness will help improve both prevention as well as response.”
Vikas Chadha, President, Honeywell India, said, “Honeywell bring decades of fire safety experience, our global connected home technologies, and local understanding to keep homes and families safe. We are proud to support the Safe Kids at Home program, which is committed to driving critical fire safety awareness and preparedness among children, parents, and teachers and transforming community knowledge, behaviors and attitudes towards safety.”
Launched in Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) area in 2015, the program works in collaboration with fire departments, education departments, hospitals, burn-units, pediatric associations, and schools and communities to drive fire safety awareness and preparedness among children and parents. It has already established 100 model schools and 20 model communities that offer extensive fire safety training to students, teachers, support staff, and parents, and have the right equipment and signage to deal with fire emergencies.
Safe Kids at Home does not stop at safety training for children alone, but is a pivot for bringing citizens and civic agencies together to drive a strong safety culture in the city, in line with the Indian government’s 100 Smart Cities vision.
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