The Edmond Sun

March 20, 2013

Children learn safety skills, have fun at spring break camp

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Several dozen Edmond youngsters got to have fun during spring break — and learn some potential life-saving safety skills.

Wednesday morning at the Edmond Fire Department’s Children’s Safety Village, they completed the Children’s Safety Challenge, a program designed for children age 4-7.

The village is a life-safety education center complete with a city park, buildings, streets, traffic lights and vehicles. Features include a realistic railroad crossing, a pond, a school bus donated by Edmond Public Schools and a pair of simulated electric power poles.

Monday and Tuesday morning they attended classes, which included discussion and a hands-on experience. The classes were at The Fire Administration Building, near I-35 and Covell.

Participants got to put on child-sized firefighter suits, which they wore while going through various activities. They maneuvered through an obstacle course, answering safety questions at each station.

Edmond Fire Maj. Mitch Rainwater said the course is designed to reinforce what the children learn during the classes. Rainwater said they learn skills including what to do if a smoke detector goes off, why it’s important to feel a door before opening it and what to do in a smoke-filled room.

More classes will be offered during the summer months. For more information regarding enrollment in the Children’s Safety Challenge, call the Edmond Fire Prevention office at 216-7303. | 341-2121, ext. 108