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Kids learning life-saving skills at Fire Safety Olympics

Posted at 10:02 PM, Oct 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-03 22:02:43-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Some elementary school students are learning about fire safety this week.

Around 800 first and second-graders are participating in the 20th annual Fire Safety Olympics inside the Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the State Fairgrounds. This year's theme is "Not All Heros Wear Capes."

The message they are trying to send is if you do something good or something that will prevent something bad from happening, you are a hero.

But the students didn't just learn about fire safety. They learned about life safety, too.

"One of my favorite stations is pedestrian safety and why it's important to know when to cross the street. You know some of the things I think kids might forget about," Captain Aleatha Henderson said.

Henderson said more than 1,300 students have received the training since the start of the program, and they have seen a 50 percent decrease in fire-related deaths in children.