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Safety Saturday

By Laura Ann Sills - email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Blue lights, sirens, and smoke filled the Lowe's parking lot today... but it was kids running the show.

Lowe's teamed up with the Home Safety Council to host what they hope will be an annual event.

<This is a learning experience for all the kids that are here. And I hope it sticks in their mind for a long time to come. I know I can still remember the first time I jumped on the back of a fire truck and rode around the Columbus Square Mall," says Barry Barrentine, Lowe's manager.

Kids could look into the GSP's helicopter, meet smokey the bear and watch local Fire Officials run a rescue operation. Local safety officials said they like getting the chance to teach kids to not be afraid of them.  Parents got involved in the action as well. Officials say they play the biggest role in the security of their home.

"In your house, you need to have an escape plan. Set it up with your family so you can get out of the house safely," warned Ellerslie Firefighter, Mark Thorne.

Most kids practice fire drills at school.  But, it's just as important at home.  Priscilla Gardner realized "that's something we need to work on." Gardner said after the fun, she was going home to draw up escape routes for the family.

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