As part of a continuing effort to promote childhood safety, Mifflin Township, in conjunction with the city of Gahanna, will welcome about 270 area youngsters to “Safety Town” next 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 4 through 8 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 .
The Mifflin Township Division of Fire serves approximately 36,800 residents in the city of Gahanna and 4,000 residents within the unincorporated township. The division operates from four strategically located fire stations, employing 79 full time firefighter/paramedics, 1 fire marshal, 5 fire prevention and inspection officers and 17 9-1-1 dispatchers. Mifflin Township firefighters responded to more than 12,400 calls for emergency medical services (EMS) and structure fires in 2017, making it one of the most active and progressive fire divisions in the area.