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Children First: Fire safety and escape plans

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Deaths from fires and burns are the third leading cause of fatal home injury, and in KOTA Territory, statistics show elementary aged children have the highest risk of injury or death in a fire.   While it's a real threat, it can usually be avoided.

Staying safe begins with prevention. First graders at Valley View Elementary got a healthy dose last week. 

The lesson may look similar to what most of us learned growing up, stop drop and roll and staying low.  But, Firefighter Education Specialist Monica Colby says this lesson is even more crucial today.  "When we went to school a room would catch on fire in about 30 minutes," Colby said.  Today, studies repeatedly show that there is only three minutes from that first spark to when that room is completely on fire or there is no more oxygen in the house," Colby continued.
 
The things we have in our homes burn faster, so having a plan with multiple escape routes and a meeting place are a must.

Most students in Pennington County will get a visit from area fire departments this month, which is a perfect conversation starter for parents and kids to make a plan in case there is a fire.

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