Children learn what it means to be a hero in their home

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COLUMBIA - Children dressed up as superheroes to learn how to make them "Heroes in the Home" Wednesday.

Parents and children attended the summer camp session at the MU Women's and Children's Hospital, put on by Safe Kids. Safe Kids is a national program geared toward educating parents and children about preventable injuries.

This summer is the first time the hospital teamed up with Safe Kids for the camp sessions.

Sheila Robertson, Safe Kids Program Director, said this program allows children and parents to learn about safety in a fun environment together.

"I think it's important that the adults get here to hear the important safety messages because a lot of times the community just doesn't know all of the information," Robertson said. "You can never be too prepared as a parent."

Safe Kids said six kids die every day from a preventable home injury. The program educates in hope of lowering that number.

"Heroes in the Home" focused on fire safety, grill safety and lawnmower safety. Children dressed as superheroes to match the day's theme and were suprised with a guest appearance by a princess at the end of the day.

Parents and children learned about household safety in different activites and by talking with firefighters.

One parent said this program allows her children to learn in a fun environment with other children, while she gets to learn common mistakes at the same time.

"There are so many outside influences that we have no control over, but in our house I know the things I can do to keep my kids safe," Staci Ortbals said.

The children asked the firefighters questions about fire safety while a firefighter put on his equipment to let the children see what a firefighter would look like during a fire. Afterwards, the children participated in an activity where they got to put out their own fake fire.

"Kids learn best when they are having fun," Robertson said.

The next camp session is "Game On" and teaches sports safety. More registration information can be found on the hospital's website.

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