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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A weekend fire in Cordele that injured three children gave special significance to a fire safety demonstration in Albany on Wednesday.

About 4,400 daycare and elementary school children from across South Georgia gathered at the Civic Center to learn how to stop, drop and roll in case their clothes ever catch fire.

They were also told they should get their parents to hold a fire drill at home, and they learned they should never play with matches and lighters.

"We get to see the tragedy of fire firsthand. I mean, it's been too many kids that's been injured and even died because of fires that could have been prevented and we learned a long time ago, the best way to teach a child a message they'll carry back to their parents is entertain them while they do it," said Chief James Carswell, Albany Fire Department.

The Albany fire department has put on the fire safety program for about the last 15 years.


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