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Child Care Instruction

Programs that provide training for individuals who want to become qualified as occasional baby sitters or child care professionals, and who need information regarding rules, regulations, accepted practices and available resources.

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Fire Prevention Information

Programs that are designed to increase public awareness of the measures that people can take to protect homes, businesses and property from the threat of fire. Fire prevention programs provide information about faulty wiring and other electrical hazards, kitchen fires, smoking risks, child-related fire safety, flammable materials storage, brush clearance, fire retardant building materials and ground cover, techniques for fighting a fire until the fire agency arrives (first aid firefighting) and other similar topics. Included are programs that inspect the homes of individual citizens and give them a report which recommends ways to protect their property as well as those that deal with fire safety in a more general way.

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Firearm Safety Education

Programs that are designed to increase public awareness of the basic techniques for safely handling, cleaning, repairing and storing rifles, shotguns, pistols and other firearms. Also included are programs that teach young children the dangers associated with firearms, the difference between toy guns and real ones, the importance of not touching or handling guns that may be found around the house or in other environments and what to do if they come into contact with a gun, i.e., leave the vicinity where the gun is located and tell an adult immediately; and/or that teach parents child-related firearm safety including the suggestion that they ask other parents if there are firearms in the home and ensure that they are safely secured before allowing their child to visit.

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Food Safety Education

Programs that are designed to increase public awareness of the measures people can take when they shop for, store, prepare, cook, defrost or reheat food to reduce the risk of foodborne illness. Topics may include proper storage and cooking temperatures, avoidance of cross-contamination, the importance of hand washing and disinfecting kitchen surfaces, safe thawing practices, prompt refrigeration of leftovers, condiment safety, animal drugs and feeds, food irradiation, bioengineered fruit and produce, dietary supplements, food allergies, food colours and additives, fat and sugar substitutes, pesticides and other contaminants, food concerns during pregnancy and tips regarding specific foods with known risk factors. Food safety education programs may target school children; consumers; or food service workers, managers, cooks, bartenders, servers and dishwashers in restaurants, hotels, schools, child care centres, long-term care facilities and other establishments that prepare and serve food.

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General Safety Education

Programs that provide information about a wide variety of accident prevention and other safety topics rather than specializing in a particular safety-related area.

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Household Safety Programs

Programs that are designed to increase public awareness of the hazards that make homes and apartments and their associated yards unsafe and the measures that people can take to eliminate residential safety problems. Topics may include the safe storage of medication, cleaning products and poisons; the safe handling of appliances and yard care equipment; indoor air pollution; measures to take to prevent falls; and child-related home safety.

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Hunting Safety Education

Programs that are designed to increase public awareness of the measures hunters can take to avoid accidents and ensure their safety while pursuing their sport. Hunting safety education programs usually focus on map and compass skills, comfort and survival, firearms and ammunition, archery, first aid, hunting ethics, provincial regulations and law enforcement. In some provinces, completion of a hunting safety course and/or passing a safety test are requirements for obtaining a hunting licence.

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Internet Safety Education

Programs that are designed to make the public aware of the steps that people, especially parents, can take to assure the safety and well-being of their children when they use the Internet. The programs generally provide information about the educational benefits of the Internet; discuss child friendly search engines and service providers; introduce participants to filtering software and other technological solutions that can supplement adult supervision; and warn parents about violent or pornographic websites, unsolicited e-mail, and the dangers of pedophiles, abusers, and other menacing individuals lurking in Internet chat rooms. All Internet safety programs stress the cardinal rule that children/adolescents should never give out personal information, send their picture to people they meet on the Internet or agree to meet strangers in person, however benign they appear to be.

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Personal Safety Education

Programs that are designed to increase public awareness of the measures that people can take to ensure their personal safety while engaging in specific activities that may put them at risk of accident or injury.

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Safety Town Programs

Programs that provide simulated miniature towns with scaled down roads, crosswalks, commercial storefronts, traffic signs, traffic signals, railroad crossings and school buses that young children can visit and ride tricycles through to learn about safety. Classroom instruction may be provided by uniformed police officers, fire fighters, certified teachers, citizen volunteers and others; and focuses on pedestrian safety, bicycle safety, passenger safety, school bus safety, home safety, animal safety, fire safety, gun safety, poison safety, drug/substance abuse avoidance, water safety, dealing with strangers, dialing 911 in emergency situations and other safety issues confronted in childhood. Children generally receive certificates when they complete the course. Some Safety Town programs have more advanced levels for older children.

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Sports Safety Education

Programs that are designed to increase public awareness of the measures that people can take to reduce the risk of injury while engaging in a particular sport or other recreational activity. Topics may include using required safety gear and equipment associated with the sport, ensuring that equipment and playing surfaces are in good condition, warming up and stretching before and during physical exercise, stopping when injured rather than playing through the pain, learning the safe way to practice particular plays (e.g., sliding in baseball), understanding the special vulnerabilities of younger players, ensuring the availability of first aid, and emphasizing the fun associated with the sport rather than the importance of winning.

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Traffic Safety Education/Inspections

Programs that are designed to increase public awareness of the measures that people can take to ensure their own safety and that of others while driving or riding as passengers in motor vehicles, riding bicycles, roller skating, skateboarding, or walking as pedestrians in traffic; or which conduct inspections of motor vehicles, child passenger safety seats or other related equipment to assure driver and passenger safety.

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Water Safety Education

Programs that are designed to increase public awareness of the measures that people can take to ensure their safety while engaging in recreation in, on or around the water.

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Workplace Safety Education

Programs that are designed to increase public awareness of the measures that people can take to improve safety in the settings in which people work. Topics may include slips and falls, ladder safety, ergonomics, lifting and carrying, tool and equipment safety, personal protective equipment, vehicle safety, hazardous chemicals, electrical safety, stress, workplace violence, and safety issues such as hearing preservation programs and working safely in confined spaces that may relate to a particular industry or workplace environment.

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The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.


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