Operation EDITH

What is Operation EDITH ?

Established by IIANC in 1996, Operation EDITH is a fire-safety program that seeks to encourage the parents of young children to talk to their kids about the importance of fire safety. The cornerstone of the campaign is Exit Drill In The Home, thus the name "EDITH". The purpose is to educate early elementary school children and their families about the life-saving value of having a fire escape plan from their home. IIANC member agents help spread this important message around their communities during Fire Prevention Week.
Each year, IIANC prints Operation EDITH materials (coloring books, stickers and brochures in English & Spanish) for distribution to elementary schools and fire departments around the state. These materials are free for member agencies. This is a great project to help your community while also advertising your agency to parents and community members at no cost to you!  The Operation EDITH website, www.OperationEDITH.com, is another great tool to promote to families with young children as it brings the fire safety lessons to life in fun, interactive way.
Contact Rena Todd at rtodd@iianc.com or 919-863-6540 for more information.

Operation EDITH Materials

Materials available for distribution include coloring books and stickers for children and brochures for parents. These are available in both English and Spanish. 

Contact Rena Todd at rtodd@iianc.com or 919-863-6540 for more info or to request materials.


How Do I Volunteer?

We will begin accepting orders for our 2015 Operation EDITH campaign in June.
Click here to sign up today!

Each summer (June-July), IIANC will send out information to member agencies seeking volunteer assistance in distributing the Operation EDITH materials to area schools and fire departments. If your agency is intereseted in participating, you will need to:

  • Complete a volunteer form with the estimated amount of materials (posters, coloring books, stickers) you will need. Materials are available in both English and Spanish and will be shipped at the end of August.
  • Distribute these materials to your local elementary schools, fire and rescue departments, community events, etc. in time for Fire Prevention Week in October.
  • A volunteer kit will be sent to you with presentations, ads for newspapers, press releases and materials for you to give to children to take home. These will help you publicize your agency's involvement with EDITH.
  • There is no cost to your agency other than personalizing the items with your agency stamp, label, etc. if you wish. IIANC pays for the materials and ships the materials to you for free.

Operation EDITH Info for Parents

Tragically, children age five and under are twice as likely to die in fires as are older children and adults. Many die because they instinctively try to hide from smoke and flames in closets and under beds. As parents, you need to reinforce some key messages about fire safety with your children. Children learn best by example, so spend some time at least twice a year practicing an exit drill with your family.

Fires can be deadly, but they don't have to be. By practicing a home exit drill with your family, you can greatly improve the chances that every member of your family will escape safely should there ever be a fire in your home. Start by sounding your smoke detector so your children will learn the sound and what they should do when they hear the alert. For preschool children, this drill will be fun and exciting. But more importantly, this drill will help children to remember these life-saving fire safety and exit procedures if and when they really need them.

Go to www.OperationEDITH.com to learn more.

Parent Fire Safety Checklist

  • Install smoke detectors on every level of your home. Replace batteries at least twice a year. If bedroom doors are kept closed at night, a detector should also be installed in each bedroom.
  • Prepare a home exit plan. There should be two exits from each room which means one exit could be a window. You may need to purchase chain ladders which would enable your family to exit from a second story window without injury. Such supplies are carried in local hardware and home improvement stores.
  • At least twice a year, practice a home exit drill with your family. Make sure your children know:
- To tell a grown-up if they see smoke or flames
- To get out of the house when they hear the smoke detector
- Two ways to exit each room
- To go to your "family meeting place"
- Never to go back into a burning building