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toddler dressed as firefighter

Fire safety workshop set for Oct. 7

An award-winning fire safety education program created especially for children ages 3-5 will be held Saturday, Oct.  7, including breakfast, booths, drawings and a fascinating and entertaining look into the preschooler's perception of fire, the surprising frequency of children's misuse of fire, practical approaches to teach young children fire safety, and an introduction to the award-winning play safe! be safe! kit.

The workshop is for parents, community members, nurses, teachers, child care providers, early childhood educators, program managers and fire and life safety educators. All participants receive a free play safe! be safe! kit. Participants may be eligible to receive up to 12 additional kits for distribution, training slides, notes and resource list. The event, presented by Dr. Robert Cole, president of the Fireproof Children Foundation and Prevention First, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Sunset Drive Office Building, 11811 S. Sunset Dr., Olathe in Rooms 1070-1075.

The award winning play safe! be safe! multi-media classroom fire safety education kit includes:

  • 20 minute DVD featuring “Firefighter Dan” in English and Spanish
  • Four sets of colorful story cards
  • Two activity boards
  • Keep Away! card game
  • Comprehensive teacher’s manual with materials for parents in English and Spanish

Four KS Nursing CNEs and Social Work CEUs, 3.25 KDHE clock hours are provided.
Cost is $5 for childcare providers, teachers and general public and $15 for nursing and social worker continuing education.

Pre-registration is required. To register, email katie.schatte@jocogov.org and mail check payable to: Safe Kids Johnson County, 11875 S. Sunset, Suite 300, Olathe, KS, 66061. Questions: call Safe Kids at 913-477-8312. Register by Oct. 1. Walk-ins allowed if space is available.

This event is sponsored by Safe Kids Johnson County, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Childcare Licensing Division, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Farmers Insurance, Charlie’s House, GERTI and BIC.