Fire Prevention Month Program
Big Thicket Messenger - November 2007
Cyalume Technologies has created an elementary school program that helps children teach each other how to stay safe and prevent fires during power outages. Students can download the prevention for free at www.SnapLight.com. The SnapLight Academic Program (SNAP) is written so children can easily deliver important fire safety information to their classmates and families. The program includes: classroom presentation, a candle fire fact sheet, fire safety tip sheet, a family study guide, free SnapLight home emergency lights, along with safe light games and activities.
“This program is unique because we’re giving children the information they need to teach each other about fire safety and safe light. Parents and their children spark thousands of fires each year – many fatal – when they use candles for light during power outages,” said Sandy Weisz, Vice President of Marketing and Product Development for Cyalume Technologies. “Using candles for light is one of the biggest mistakes people make during power outages. We’re hoping children will listen to the fire safety message if it comes from their peers.”
Cyalume Technologies is also donating SnapLights to each student who registers for the academic program. SnapLights use “chemiluminescent” technology to create instant light; there’s no battery, bulb, flame, or heat – just safe light for emergencies. The fire safety guide helps students describe and demonstrate this intriguing safe light technology.
Based on the same chemistry as a firefly, SnapLight technology was first developed to keep American military forces safe during the Cold War with the Soviet Union. SnapLight technology is now available to help keep consumers safe at home and on the road. Police and firefighters across the country also use this form of light during hurricanes, tornadoes, and all kinds of emergencies and power outages.
“We’re especially happy that children can use SnapLights to stay safe when the power goes out. Children can use this safe light to read, play games, take their bath – even do their homework,” continued Weisz.
Each year, candles used for light cause thousands of fires. During 2004, candles in U.S. homes caused an estimated 17,200 reported structure fires, 200 civilian deaths, 1,540 civilian injuries, and $200 million in property damage.
Because there have been so many candle fires, the Red Cross, police and fire officials even the National Candle Association – are warning people not to use candles for light in a power outage.
The SNAP fire safety program, presentation and background are available for free at www.SnapLight.com.