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ArkLaTex kids learn fire safety

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Do your kids know what to do if their room starts to fill up with smoke? That was the question to parents on Saturday at the Fire Safety Day event at the Home Depot store on Pines Road in Shreveport.

As a part of Fire Prevention Week, fire departments across the country are hosting fire safety seminars to teach local children what to do in case a fire starts in their home. Hundreds of kids came out to the local event hosted by the Shreveport Fire Department along with the Caddo Parish Sheriff Department and Life Air Rescue.

"As early as two and three years old they need to know that when they hear the beep, beep, beep, that it's time to get out and stay out," says Shreveport Fire Prevention Officer Stephen Hampton.

As a part of the seminar, Hampton teaches the kids how to crawl out of a home through the nearest exit when they see or smell smoke.

"When you bring your kids here they basically show them the routes to get out of a fire and everything else," says father Deshawn Thompson. He brought his niece and son after hearing about the program from their schools, and so far he says they are learning a lot.

"Because of the smoke the air can kill you," says Thompson's 8 year old niece.

Even after the kids learn what to do in a house fire, officials say that it's up to the parents to be mindful of preventing them.

"Be vigilant and cautious. Do not be careless. Fires don't just happen on their own it's when we do something or fail to do something," says Hampton.

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