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Fire Safety House teaches kids to escape a burning house

DECATUR, Ga -- Fire Departments throughout the metro area are planning a day-long fire safety blitz in Rockdale County Schools.

They want to educate all of the students in that school system as the community continues to mourn the deaths of four children killed in a fire in the home earlier this month.

A date for the program hasn't been set, but the plan is to have fire education experts blanket all the Rockdale County schools on the same date.

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They also hope to bring all of the state's Fire Safety Houses to the county.

DeKalb County has had a mobile Fire Safety House to take to schools for about 10 years now and while it stays busy, officials say they'd like to see it on the road more often to reach more children.

Inside the Fire Safety House is a room that looks like a child's bedroom. On a recent day, kids from Livesey Elementary School hear the smoke alarm, then are taught to crawl through the bedroom and back out through a kitchen area.

"We tell them not to run through smoke, because smoke carries a temperature a lot of people don't know that. And they can get burned through running through smoke," said Patricia Cagle, Community Education Specialist with DeKalb Fire Rescue.

In addition to the Fire Safety House, the DeKalb Fire uses a Dalmatian they call Queue, the fire dog, to shows off tricks on what children should to do if there's a fire in their home.