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Play Safe! Be Safe!

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Fires started by young children take a terrible toll in our country. Every year hundreds of people die and thousands more are injured in these fires. The damage to buildings exceeds $250 million.

Dr. Robert Cole, a psychology professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center and a nationally respected authority on teaching fire safety to young children, has been invited to give a workshop for hundreds of firefighters, preschool teachers and daycare personnel in Honolulu, at the request of the City and County of Honolulu. He will be teaching a special program that has been proven to dramatically reduce the number of fires started by young children.

Dr. Cole has developed a successful model program for teaching young children about the dangers of fire. This program not only has helped to reduce the number of fires that children start, but it has dramatically reduced repeat incidents of fire setting. It has achieved a 74 percent reduction in the number of children setting repeat fires since 1983. The play safe! be safe!® program he demonstrates in workshops all over the country teaches important fire safety techniques you can teach to your own children.

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