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Edmond educational facility hopes to teach children about safety in Christmas event

KOCO Oklahoma City 11/28/2022 Mecca Rayne
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An educational facility in Edmond hopes to teach children about safety through a Christmas event.

The Children’s Safety Village is literally a world on their level. The goal of the realistic children’s down is to learn about safety and take the message home.

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Their focus is spreading holiday cheer via a much-anticipated Christmas event with the undertones of safety ever so present.

Families can expect safety and Santa all wrapped in one big, exciting night twice this month. While the fun will be had, many will be moved to check out the classes for children since the entire point of the village is to lessen child injuries and death.

It looks like a city, but the town folk is completely underage, with the demographic being between four and seven. No bills or tickets need to be paid, just a good attitude and open ears are needed.

"The children's safety village is an educational facility," said Capt. Jacob Stangl, fire prevention division.

What’s learned there could actually change or save lives.

"The idea is we try to reduce preventable deaths and injury just through education. We try to hit on the topics most likely to injure children, and so, for us, our big focus is motor and pedestrian safety," Stangl said.

They touch on a variety of ways to keep safety in mind.

"That would be teaching them things like how to be safe around vehicles. We also hit on fire safety, smoke alarms. We talk about water safety. We do a combination of inside and outside teaching. We have a classroom down here and our normal classes typically last two hours," Stangl said.

The goal is simple with lasting effects that are possibly lifesaving.

"Our goal for anyone who comes down here, we really want to create a safer community. Kids will talk and share things with their parents. When was the last time we checked our smoke alarm? We encourage them to keep the whole family safe," Stangl said.

The classes are available for children from March through October. After that, the village takes on a whole new look for the holiday season on Dec. 9 and 16.

"Our winter event is this one actually free to the public and so we decorate the entire safety village. Decorate the entire safety village. Decorate with Christmas lights—also Santa on a 1929 fire engine," Stangl said.

In case the children are wondering, the event will be well worth your time.

"People can visit Santa. We will also have free hot chocolate, candy canes. This year slingers, they'll be here with a coffee truck. We will also have Santa’s workshop and they can build a toy and then some other games," Stangl said.

The event is located at 5300 East Covell Road in Edmond. This year, they are also collecting donations for Integris Health Children’s Hospital.

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