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03/17/04

Adventures In Safety

Every parent wants their home to be the safest place in the world for their children, but accidents at home kill 7,000 children and injure another 50,000.

The Great Safety Adventure began outside a trailer. One by one the students grabbed a flashlight and made their way inside. Jonathan Martin was the safety ranger or instructor.

"The first stop is the living room where the kids are introduced to the great safety adventure via a video with rover," he said.

A video tested their fire safety knowledge before making them official Safety Rangers. After the video, it's down one ramp and up another into the second trailer. It's designed to look like a kitchen, bathroom and a bedroom - three places kids often encounter dangerous settings.

As the ranger approached a stove in the trailer's kitchen, he noticed its handle was facing out.

"This is where we stand back and say Code Red Rover grown up come over. We bring over a grown up and ask them to MOVE IT TO THE BACK PLEASE."

The interactive program lets students learn how to spot dangers and what they should do when danger is in front of them.

Natalie Weaver said she learned, "You don't touch hot things in the kitchen."

Another first grader said, "You don't leave stuff plugged in or touch anything hot."

The teachers say these lessons won't be forgotten any time soon.

"He showed them things to look for and all that but he presented in a way that's on their level. They enjoyed it and I really think they learned something from this," first grade teacher Barbara Perry said.

The Great Safety Adventure the American Safety Council and Lowe's. It visits schools all over the U.S. free of charge.

For more information on the program log onto their website at http://www.coderedrover.org.

by Josh Ridgdell

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