An evaluation of The Great Escape: can an interactive computer game improve young children's fire safety knowledge and behaviors?

Health Psychol. 2012 Jul;31(4):496-502. doi: 10.1037/a0027779. Epub 2012 Apr 2.


Objective: Fire is a leading cause of unintentional injury and, although young children are at particularly increased risk, there are very few evidence-based resources available to teach them fire safety knowledge and behaviors. Using a pre-post randomized design, the current study evaluated the effectiveness of a computer game (The Great Escape) for teaching fire safety information to young children (3.5-6 years).

Method: Using behavioral enactment procedures, children's knowledge and behaviors related to fire safety were compared to a control group of children before and after receiving the intervention.

Results: The results indicated significant improvements in knowledge and fire safety behaviors in the intervention group but not the control.

Conclusion: Using computer games can be an effective way to promote young children's understanding of safety and how to react in different hazardous situations.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Behavior / psychology
  • Child, Preschool
  • Education
  • Family / psychology
  • Female
  • Fires*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Safety*
  • Video Games*