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Firefighters visit school, present safety program

Published: Friday, June 13, 2014 9:26 a.m. CDT
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Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District personnel met with 3- and 4-year-olds at St. Mark's Day School in Barrington Hills June 10 to discuss fire safety in the home.
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St. Mark's Day School Children of Barrington Hills investigate Barrington Countryside Protection District firefighter Tom Hamann's protective gear during a safety presentation June 10.

BARRINGTON HILLS – Young children at St. Mark's Day School in Barrington Hills learned important fire safety tips June 10. The 3 and 4-year olds heard a presentation by Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District personnel, according to a news release.

Firefighter-paramedics were joined by their friend, a puppet named Timmy the Turtle, to discuss a range of important topics, including fire danger, smoke detectors and safe emergency evacuation.

Lt. Angela Grandgeorge said children are like sponges, wanting to learn as much as they can.

Grandgeorge said the crew was able to provide the children with information to share with their families so that fire safety is discussed at home.

The district encourages all families to install working smoke detectors on every level of the home and in all sleeping rooms, change batters twice per year, develop and practice an escape plan, cook with care and get out of the house immediately to call 911 if a fire occurs, according to the release.

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