GAHANNA, Ohio – As part of a continuing effort to promote childhood safety, Mifflin Township, in conjunction with the city of Gahanna, will welcome 224 area youngsters to “Safety Town” this week. This one-week program is for children entering kindergarten who live within Mifflin Township or the Gahanna Jefferson School District.
Safety Town is a comprehensive program that introduces children to basic safety awareness and accident prevention skills through age-appropriate, hands-on learning activities.
Members of the Mifflin Township Division of Fire, Fire Prevention Bureau, police officers and other specialized professionals cover safety awareness topics such as pedestrian and bicycle safety; fire safety and prevention; stranger danger; school bus safety; gun, water and animal safety; as well as poison prevention. Students will have an opportunity to learn using fun, hands-on and age-appropriate techniques such as exploring a fire truck, taking a school bus ride, and crawling through the Smoke House to learn how to exit safely a smoke-filled home.
“Safety Town is an opportunity to reinforce the safety awareness and tips that are vital year-round,” said Mifflin Fire Chief Fred Kauser. “With summer upon us, safety skills, such as how to safely ride a bike in a neighborhood and crossing a road, as well as water and fire precautions, are particularly relevant to these active children.”
Safety Town will be held next week, June 6 through 10 at Lincoln Elementary School, 515 Havens Corners Road in Gahanna. The morning session is from 8 – 11 a.m. and the afternoon session is noon – 3 p.m. For more information, visit www.gahannasafetytown.com .
Mifflin Township has a fire department that serves the city of Gahanna and unincorporated township areas. The division has four fire stations, and employs 80 full time firefighter/paramedics, six full or part-time fire prevention officers and 23 full or part-time dispatchers. Responding to more than 8,706 calls for emergency medical service and 2,050 fire related calls, the township responded to a total of 10,756 calls for assistance in 2015.