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Home Safety Literacy Project Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is the Home Safety Literacy Project a federal program?

A: No. The nonprofit Home Safety Council is the sponsor of the Project, in partnership with ProLiteracy Worldwide and Oklahoma State University's Fire Protection Publications. The Home Safety Council received 2003 and 2004 U.S. Department of Homeland Security Fire Prevention and Safety Grants to help fund the Project. Click here to learn more about the Project partners.

Q: Is there a charge for the HSLP materials or a fee for using them?

A: No. The printed and online materials are provided and shipped free of charge.

Q: Will my fire department/emergency management agency receive the materials, or must we request them?

A: HSC will automatically send the HSLP materials to every new member of the Expert Network. Existing members of the Expert Network may request a kit online, through the Home Safety Council Store.

Q: I am already a member of the Expert Network. Do I need to sign up again to request the Project materials?

A: No. Members will automatically receive the materials. Not yet a member? Sign up to become a member of the Expert Network today. It's free.

Q: Is there a charge to join the Expert Network?

A: No. The Home Safety Council provides the Expert Network as a free service to support fire and life safety educators and other community safety advocates.

Q: Will my community's literacy program receive the materials, or must I request them?

A: To ensure your community's literacy program receives the HSLP materials, encourage them to sign up to become a member of the Expert Network today.

Q: May I receive the materials if I live outside the U.S.?

A: No. The Home Safety Literacy Project was tested and evaluated for the U.S. only. For that reason, and because the Project has received funding from a U.S. federal grant program, the "hard copy" materials will be provided exclusively to fire and life safety educators and literacy providers in the U.S. However, you may access and download the free Project information and materials online.

Q: May I have more than one set of materials?

A: Members of the Expert Network may purchase additional copies of the Kit for a nominal fee plus shipping. Most of the materials are also available for download at no charge online.

Q: Can HSLP materials be duplicated or incorporated into other teaching materials?

A: Yes. The HSLP materials may be duplicated without permission provided they are not altered. Please credit materials that you excerpt to: Home Safety Council, Home Safety Literacy Project 2006.

Q: My fire department/emergency management agency is eager to establish a Home Safety Literacy Project in my town, but we don't have a literacy program/or our literacy program is not interested in the Project.

A: The highly illustrated materials are written at a lower reading level and may be of value to adults in your community even if they are not currently attending literacy classes. The brochures and handout materials developed for this program will be available for download. These materials can add real value to your public education program, particularly when you are uncertain of the reading ability of your audience. You can download the easy-to-read materials from the Home Safety Council Web site.

Q: Do I have to establish a Home Safety Literacy Project in my town in order to use the materials?

A: No. They are designed to provide the guidance and materials to support a joint fire/emergency management service and literacy provider Project at the local level. However, the pictograms and easy-to-read materials can certainly be used to increase your safety education outreach to your community.

Q: Since the materials are easy to read, can I use them to teach children?

A: No. This Project is designed specifically to reach adults with low-level reading skills. Therefore the messages are often quite forthright and may be frightening for children and youth. The Home Safety Council recommends against scaring children when teaching them safety behaviors, because that kind of negative experience can overshadow the benefits of learning. HSC designs educational messages for children that are less vivid and concentrate more on positive reinforcement (i.e., underscoring the correct things they can do to stay safe). Visit HSC's Code Red Rover Web site for messages tailored specifically for children.

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