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Nov 2, 2013 8:03 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Local firefighters teach kids about fire safety at open house event

Some local families have a better idea of how to stay safe in case they're ever caught in a fire.

The San Luis Obispo County CAL FIRE Department held an Open House event Saturday at the Avila Valley station.

There was a free barbecue lunch prepared by the firefighters themselves. Kids could even meet with Smokey the Bear and Sparky the Fire Dog. There were also education activities, including an interactive fire safety house.

"We try to engage the kids in fire safety by taking them through the house, taking them through the bedrooms and the kitchen, and looking for anything that would be not safe versus safe inside the house," said Fire Captain Jason Cohn.

This is the eighth year the department has had the open house. They even had a toy donation drive to help KSBY's Season of Hope.

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