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Kids learn fire safety skills through fun, music

Thousands of kids from across Southwest Georgia learned Wednesday that there's more to staying safe around fires than "stop, drop and roll." / Mary Green

Thousands of kids from across Southwest Georgia learned Wednesday that there's more to staying safe around fires than "stop, drop and roll."

They also know about routinely checking smoke detectors, knowing two ways out of every room and calling 911 when a fire breaks out.

These lessons came at Albany Fire Department's annual fire safety program, which was held at the Civic Center.

Preschool and elementary school students from around the region were there to learn, dance and have fun. This year's program also featured the band The Unbreakable Bloodline.

AFD Deputy Chief Sebon Burns said they want to make sure kids know these crucial safety skills as early as possible.

"As a department, we go to different daycares and elementary schools, and we keep going in middle school and high school," he said. "But you start them young, get them here, and let them understand that it's fun, but it's educational."

This program is the largest of its kind in the state and the second largest in the country, according to AFD.

The department puts the event on every year as part of National Fire Prevention Week, which is this week.

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