THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) –Thomas County Headstart students received some special safety lessons from costumed emergency personnel Friday.
Members of the Thomasville Fire Rescue and police departments gave the youngsters tips on safe trick or treating, drug prevention, and fire safety.
What started as a Red Ribbon drug awareness program at Thomas County's Head Start Center turned into a triple lesson on safety Friday.
"It's good that the fire department came out today to partner with us and teach them a little bit about fire safety in the process," says Lt. Eric Hampton of the Thomasville Police department.
At the last minute, Thomas County's fire and rescue team joined Thomasville Police to teach kids ways to stay safe during the holidays.
"We are partnering with the fire department to talk to the kids about Halloween safety and things to do or not to do while they're out trick or treating. We also give the parents who are in attendance some tips on how to choose the correct places to take their kids trick or treating."
After the police presentation on Halloween safety, the fire department took over with their alternative approach to fire safety education. The clowns Haz-mat, Uh-Huh!, Kool Kat, and Moonpie used skits to instill valuable safety tips.
"They're doing a lot of this now. It's a new, very good tool the fire department uses," Lt. Hampton explained. "And not only young children, but teens and parents can learn a lot about what to do and not to do in the case of a fire."
Officers wrapped up the program with a Red Ribbon parade around the school with the kids.
"It's all about drug awareness. We like to get to kids when they're really young so they know they're bad. I just think it's a good thing that these kids are learning about safety both from the police and fire department standpoints."
Getting a well-rounded education on safety before the busy holiday season.
Thomasville leaders encourage folks there to do their trick or treating on Saturday, October 30th this year.
They say parents should go over stranger danger and safe trick or treating tips before their kids go out that night.