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Camp LifeSavers teaches kids safety

Registration underway for July dates

POSTED: June 17, 2013 12:51 a.m.

Hall County Fire Services wants to ensure little ones enjoy a safe summer, and will again host Camp LifeSavers during July at various county sites.

“Camp LifeSavers helps to expose children to the importance of safety during lots of different summer activities,” said Hall County Fire Services Lt. Beverley Walker. “We want to make sure that children remember that safety is a year-around activity, and not just something that is talked about during the school year.”

The camp will be held July 9 at North Hall Park & Community Center, July 10 at East Hall Community Park and Community Center and July 11 at the Mulberry Creek Park & Community Center in Flowery Branch.

The camp, designed for children ages 6-11, will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., covering water, bike, animal and fire safety.

“Children will also learn the importance of calling 911,” Walker said.

Arts and craft activities and a visit from Air Life, a fire engine and an ambulance will round out the day. Lunch will be provided.

Camp LifeSavers was implemented as a part of Hall County Fire Services’ overall community risk reduction programs, Walker said. Other facets of the program include smoke alarm canvasses, school programs and inspections. Camp LifeSavers is funded through grant money and donations.

“We encourage the children to discuss all the information learned with their families when they get home,” Walker said. “Many times it is the children that educate the parents on safety issues, and the children can also be responsible for safety in the home. We always assume that parents or other adults in the home know the correct safety behaviors and that is not always the case.”

There is no charge for Camp LifeSavers, and all children registered will receive a T-shirt. Space is limited.

Registration forms are available on the Hall County Fire Services website, www.hallcountyfire.org. For additional questions, contact Walker at 770-531-6838, or bwalker@hallcounty.org.


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