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Hundreds of kids learn how to 'Be Ready' for fires, disasters

LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Preparing for the worst can save lives when disaster strikes. That's the message given to hundreds of kids during the fifth annual "Be Ready Athens-Limestone County" event on Thursday.

Nearly 700 sixth graders learned about how to prepare for emergencies and what to do if something unexpected and dangerous happens.

The children had the opportunity to check out military vehicles, a police helicopter, ambulances and fire trucks. They also got to meet emergency responders with several agencies. These first responders taught them lessons about prevention and reaction, including what to do if there is a fire in their families' homes, how to make a plan in case that happens and learning how often to change the batteries in smoke detectors.

They learned the answer about smoke detectors: twice a year. Kasey Brown, a firefighter with East Limestone Fire & Rescue told the kids that a good way to remember that is to change the batteries when it's time to spring the clocks forward and when it's time to fall back.

"It's important to do the community outreach to the children at least once or twice a year to remind them of fire safety," Brown said.

When one girl said her family didn't have any smoke detectors, the East Limestone Fire Department gave her two to take home. "Be Ready Day" is held in September because this month is National Preparedness Month.

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