Community Programs - Intervention
The Gilbert Fire Prevention Division is committed to the community and believes in the power of prevention and education by offering a wide range of services. Our aim is to reduce life and property loss in our community. We do this through educating the community in injury prevention techniques offered by the Community Services Division of the Gilbert Fire Department.
Nine out of ten child car seats inspected in Gilbert are installed improperly. To assist parents in keeping their children safe, the Gilbert Fire Department is dedicated to educating the public on the importance of using child passenger safety seats.
The Gilbert Fire Department’s Prevention Division inspects and installs child passenger safety seats by appointment only. For additional information or to make an appointment, please call (480) 503-6300.
For other important child passenger safety tips please visit The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - Car Seat Safety for Kids website.
The focus of the Juvenile Firesetter Program is to provide a service to juveniles that have been identified to have or have been involved in firesetting behaviors. This program, is available for children and their families, is a proactive approach to stopping youth firesetting in the community. This is accomplished through a multi-level approach focusing on assessment, education, treatment, referral and follow-up through partnerships with the Town of Gilbert, courts and mental health agencies. To make an appointment or referral, please call (480) 635-7701.
Risk Watch is a vital program of the Gilbert Fire Department. Risk Watch is the first comprehensive injury prevention program available for use in schools. Developed by NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) with co-funding from the Lowe's Home Safety Council and in collaboration with a panel of respected safety and injury prevention experts, Risk Watch gives children and their families the skills and knowledge they need to create safer homes and communities.
Risk Watch is a school-based curriculum that links teachers with community safety experts and parents. The curriculum is divided into five age-appropriate teaching modules (Pre-K/Kindergarten, Grades 1-2, Grades 3-4, Grades 5-6, and Grades 7-8), each of which addresses the following topics: Fire and Burn Prevention, Motor Vehicle Safety, Water Safety, Falls and Burns Prevention, Choking, Suffocation, and Strangulation Prevention, Poisoning Prevention, and Firearms Injury Prevention. These topic areas represent the greatest risk for unintentional injury for children ages 14 and under.
Through a variety of approaches, children and adults learn about the importance wearing bike/sport helmets while participating in wheeled-sporting activities. Helmets have been shown in studies to reduce the risk of head injury by 85 percent and the risk of brain injury by 90 percent. Nationally, only 15 percent of children bicyclists use bike helmets.
Fitting a Bike Helmet
Position: Put the helmet on your head so it sits evenly between the ears and rests low on your forehead. It should only be about 1-2 finger widths above your eyebrow.
Put foam pads inside the helmet so it feels comfortable but really snug. Before buckling the chin strap, have children shake their head from side to side. If the helmet moves excessively it is too big and won’t protect the child’s head no matter how tight the straps are.
Straps: Tighten the chinstraps as snugly as possible. Adjust the junction of the front and back straps so that the junction is just under the earlobes. You should be able to fit one finger in-between the chin and the chin strap.