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Hall library’s series focuses on safety

POSTED: March 16, 2013 12:26 a.m.

The Hall County Library System wants to help local families learn strategies to protect themselves from danger.

Beginning this month, the Hall County Library System will host a free Family Safety Series to help families learn what they can do to protect themselves in potentially dangerous situations.

The series starts at 6 p.m. March 28, with a presentation by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office on personal safety strategies.

All of the presentations will be held in the meeting room at the Gainesville branch, 127 Main St. The meeting can seat up to 30 people, so participants are asked to call or drop by the library to sign up in advance. Families can sign up for all presentations or just one at time.

Gabriele Koecher, library assistant, said that it seems life is more dangerous and scary now than it was in the past and families should at least have an idea of how they will respond to danger and to develop safe habits.

“Any help we can get to change our own behavior keeps families safe,” Koecher said. “I am hoping people will thankful for any types of tips they can get from the series.”

She said most of the presentations are geared for adults but children will benefit from attending the Hug-a-Tree and Survive presentation by Hall County Emergency Management Agency Search and Rescue on April 13.

The presentation will teach children about the life-saving technique that has been used successfully around the country.

If a child is ever lost in the woods, they can increase their odds of being found by hugging a tree. Children who stay in one location are more likely to be found by rescue teams because they are not wandering through the forest. The tree also serves as a psychological tool to keep children calm.

Presentations on fire safety and basic Alzheimer’s safety are also scheduled.

Koecher said she is reaching out to more area organizations for additional programs in the next few months. She said the library is open to any suggestions or requests for topics.

She said she thinks it is important for families to be aware of this potentially life-saving series.

“Some of these things I think are very easy things to do,” Koecher said. “It’s about changing habits and becoming aware of danger which will improve our safety.”


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