Safety Town teaches kids emergency precautions - WNEM TV 5

Safety Town teaches kids emergency precautions

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MIDLAND, MI (WNEM) -

Children received a hands-on lesson Monday on how to play it safe during emergencies.

The Midland Community Center is hosting a summer program called Safety Town. The program is to help kids learn lifesaving skills.

Firefighters showed the kids not to be afraid of their masks. Instead, if they're in a fire they know to follow them to safety.

"Firefighters aren't that scary to me anymore," said Linden Royalty, a student.

Learning to safely cross the street and how to call for help in an emergency are important things for kids to learn. That's why Midland Community Center created Safety Town. 

It's a four-day program throughout the summer for kids to learn potentially lifesaving skills.

"A lot of times they see firefighters or see a policeman on the road, but they don't know them personally. So it's good for them to come in so they can know that they're just normal people who are there to help them. And they know when they are in danger and they see them, they say, 'Oh I saw you at Safety Town' and they know they're a friend, not someone to be afraid of," said Sarah Bladecki, supervisor of the program.

The program is for kids ages 4 to 7. 

Some of the things they learn about are stranger danger, what an ambulance does and playground safety.

"It's important to learn how to do these things safely," Bladecki said.

The kids didn't just learn about safety, but they were able to act out some of the techniques, like crawling under the smoke if there is a fire.

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