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10/5/04-Longview

Fire Safety House Teaches Kids Safety Through Life Like Experience

Stop, drop and roll. It's an effective rule firefighters teach kids to keep them safe if they are ever in a fire. At Safety City in Longview, they're getting out of the classroom and giving students a real life lesson.

It's all information the students have heard before, but showing makes a difference. "We don't need a handle sticking out do we," says fire marshal Brian Howell as he demonstrates stove safety for the kids. "You could bump into it and knock stuff on you, burn you."

The lesson is given in a way to get and keep the kids' attention. "Teaching somebody is one thing, but actually letting them practice it, it instills it and they retain it a lot further," says Howell.

The Fire Safety House, as it's called, is divided into two rooms. There's a main room and a bedroom. To simulate a real life situation, the kids pretend to be asleep. Then a fire alarm wakes them up. The kids are then told to crawl out of the bedroom, close the door behind them and then outside to safety.

"You just press this button and you saw smoke coming out. We had to crawl down on our hands and knees and we had to go to the other room and it was really cool," says Emily.

While they're having fun, it's also teaching a lesson that could save their lives. "That's one of the high lights of this program out here. They go home talking about it and of course now they want to practice it at home," says Brian.

The Longview fire department presents the Fire Safety House demonstration everyday at Safety City. Students from all of the school districts around Longview get to participate.

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