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Local Daycare Children Get Hands-on Lesson in Fire Safety


Rick Boston

Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Company Chief Randy Acker and Captain Brandon Weber show the kids at Lil' Focht's Daycare what a firefighter in full gear looks like. Acker said it is important to show young kids what a firefighter in costume looks like so they won't be afraid and run away from them in the event of a fire.

In the event of a residential fire, preschool-aged children are the most vulnerable when it comes to suffering serious injuries or worse.

According to the American Red Cross, children under the age of 5 are twice as likely to die in a house fire than the rest of the population.

A major factor in these statistics are that children under the age of 5 do not react to a dangerous situation the same way an older child, or adult would.

Young children tend to hide from danger, and in a fire, the consequences can be lethal.

When it comes to teaching fire safety and what to do in the event of a fire...

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