The Kasey Program teaches fire safety to kids

This isn't your typical fire demonstration with video and note taking. You're learning from Labrador retrievers.

Posted: Jun 20, 2018 5:43 PM
Updated: Jun 21, 2018 10:04 AM

BLUFFTON, Ind. (WFFT)- Stop, Drop, and Learn!

The Kasey Program teaches fire safety to over 400,000 children a year.

The program has been credited with saving 16 lives since it's start thanks to some smart Labrador retrievers.

The Kasey Program is all about teaching fire safety in an entertaining way.

"Kids have adults stand in front of them all day, and everyday and there's nothing memorable about that," creator Jeff Owens said.

Owens is a retired firefighter who tours across the nation with his pups. He's been doing it for 25 years educating all ages.

"Knowing what to do if your clothes catch on fire, stop, drop, and roll, checking a door to see if it's hot before you open it, knowing two ways out, try to have a second way out, when you see smoke, crawl down. The smoke always goes up. Crawl under the smoke," he explained.

Kaly is 3 years old and Kasey is 6 years old. When Kasey retires, Kaly will take Kasey’s place. At 8 weeks old, the puppies go through extensive training, so your child knows what to do in the event of a fire.

"What I should take from this for my kids is we should have a control plan- where to go and be safe. We haven't done that quite yet,"Shane Fromm said. Fromm is a father of four.

His kids, Grace, Hannah, and Shane already have the basics from the demonstration. Owens said that goes a long way.

The program is geared toward preschool through 6th grade, and it's free.

If you're interested in signing up go to www.kaseyprogram.org.

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