Kids not in school can still get fire safety training

MERIDIAN, Idaho (KBOI) -- Firefighters throughout the Treasure Valley are looking to spread the word on fire prevention at the Meridian Speedway from 10AM to 3PM today.

Today's Fire Prevention Day is geared toward kids aged two to 10.

"We're trying to capture the preschool age that aren't in school yet because we're going to have a lot of activities coming up in the schools or those kids that are homeschooled that maybe don't have the opportunity to partake in our events we have going on in the schools," said Perry Palmer, Deputy Chief of Meridian Fire Department's prevention division.

Firefighters will be performing skits focused on fire safety.

Palmer also said today is a good time to get this information out because heaters will be turned on soon and power outages could spike.

The danger of an open flame is something most parents already know about.

"I have a teenage daughter that lives with me, and you know people like candles and stuff, 'it smells so pretty' and I'm like, 'no, no candles' and the cell phone rings and off they go," said Stephen Allen, a Boise resident and parent.

For the parents that don't enforce an open flame rule, this is the day kids can learn from the experts.

Fire trucks, clowns and activities for the kids will all be there today along with appearances from Sparky the Dog and Smokey the Bear.