Edmond Fire Department's safety challenge sparks smiles for spring break

Edmond firefighters taught 28 children about safety at the Children's Safety Village during spring break. The three-day program brought smiles to their faces as they put on child-sized firefighter suits.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: March 20, 2013 at 7:17 pm •  Published: March 21, 2013
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Learning about safety brought smiles to the faces of 28 children this week at the Edmond Fire Department Children's Safety Village.

The children, ages 4 to 7, ended the three-day spring break program with a safety challenge allowing parents and grandparents to see what they had learned.

Kaelan McBrayer, 7, liked playing in the fire department's Children's Safety Village, an educational center for elementary school-age children. The $700,000 village is made up of miniature buildings and tiny streets, creating a setting where children can learn a variety of ways to be safe.

“It is good,” Kaelan said after completing the challenge. “I like playing out here. I learned a lot of different ways to play.”

Her mother, Sandra McBrayer, said, “She came home with a lot of information, particularly about gun safety and poisons. We had introduced that, but she came home with good questions and information.”

Kaelan's younger brother, Seth, 2, has been listening to his sister this week, and is ready to go to the class when he is old enough.

The children learned about safety with motor vehicles and bicycles, as well as pedestrian and water safety. Other topics were falls, poisoning, choking, suffocation and fire and burn prevention.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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