"These materials give parents and children valuable tools to help learn the basics of fire safety," said Bob Smith, chief claim officer at MetLife Auto & Home. "Many of the one and a half million home fires that occur each year are the result of kitchen mishaps or simple carelessness. The coloring books and posters help parents teach valuable lessons that can help save lives and property--and do so using the PEANUTS characters, which have proven popularity with everyone, especially kids."
According to the National Fire Protection Association, public fire departments responded to 1,687,500 fires in the United States in 2002, with a civilian fire death every 156 minutes. Many of these fires--and fatalities--did not have to happen, had the basics of fire prevention been observed.
MetLife Auto & Home, an affiliate of MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), is one of the nation's leading personal lines property and casualty insurance companies with more than 2.7 million policies in force. For more information about MetLife Auto & Home, visit MetLife's web site at www.metlife.com.
MetLife Auto & Home is a brand of Metropolitan Property and Casualty Insurance Company and its affiliates, Warwick, RI.