POSTED: Friday, June 21, 2013 - 4:54pm
UPDATED: Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 9:21am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC 33) — The Baton Rouge Fire Department is educating children and parents about making sure they can prevent accidental fires from happening.
After a fire involving a child who played with matches earlier this week, the department's Fire Prevention Service will sit down with the child and the parents to make sure they know how to keep items, such as matches, out of a child's reach.
Robbyn Mathews, Assistant Fire Prevention Chief, said it is important to educate people of all ages.
"We go from, as people may say, from nine to 99, and that's what we do, we educate everyone," Mathews said. "It may start with the parent. So they can help prevent things from occurring with their child."
Mathews also said their number one reason for this program is to keep the city safe.
"It's an important thing for the fact that it saves lives, number one. Number two, it saves property," Mathews said. "Our main concern is to make sure that at the end of the day, we can get by without losing lives."
The Fire Prevention Service educates all across Baton Rouge, including schools. Over the past year, they've educated nearly 18,000 parents and kids in the city.