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Thousands of kids are better able to protect themselves from fire dangers.

Elementary school kids from across South Georgia learned fire safety tips at the 17th Annual Kids Fire Safety Program Day at the Albany Civic Center.

The Albany Fire Department puts on the fun instructional show as part of Fire Prevention Month.

Firefighters put on clown costumes to teach kids the importance of fire safety in their homes.

"Stop, drop and roll," says Jordan Johnson, Pre-K Student.

That is just one of the lessons south Georgia kids learned Wednesday.

Every year, the Albany Fire Department puts on a fire safety production.

"If we can entertain the kids as we provide their message, then they take that home with them and they talk to their parents," says James Carswell, Albany Fire Dept. Chief.

Chief Carswell hopes the lessons they learn today will last them a lifetime.

"As they grow older they remember, I can remember as a child, the fire dept coming to the school, showing the trucks and that kind of stuff, and all we want to do is make them think about fire safety, think about the fire dept and think bout fire safety and hopefully that will prevent them from either having a fire or starting a fire," says Carswell.

Firefighters dress up as super heroes and clowns to sing songs and put on fire safety skits.

"As we do the songs, they will sing along with us, they actually know stop drop and roll, they know don't play with matches, they know all the songs, it just takes it to their level and the message hits home," says Carswell.

Firefighters are hoping to generate conversations between the children and their parents.

"They know if they get the message out it will prevent someone from losing their home or getting injured from a fire," says Carswell.

And even though the kids were having fun, they also learned valuable lessons about what to do if they see a fire.

"You get out and you call the ambulance and the police and the fire trucks," says Johnson.

Because that could save a life.

They talked to kids about not playing with matches, the importance of smoke detectors, and when it is appropriate to call 911.

The firefighters say they have seen kids injured in fires, and hope this show will help protect them.

Chief Carswell says in the U.S. about 3,000 people lose their lives in residential fires every year.

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