Fire safety dog visits to share tips with kids

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Kids at the Hastings Museum got to learn about fire safety from a furry friend Saturday. Molly the Fire Safety Dog travels the United States showing kids how to crawl under smoke and escape a house.

“Well fires can spread in little as 2-3 minutes so we do what we can to help reinforce those messages that firefighters taught,” Keep Kids Fire Safe Foundation Executive Director Dayna Hilton said.

Hastings firefighters came out to show how their fire trucks work when they arrive on a scene. Even a local pageant winner who is passionate about fire safety came to help spread the word.

“My dad is a firefighter and he sees tragedies like this every day,” Miss Alliance Olivia Terwey said. “I feel like fire safety is super crucial to our well being and it's something we need to focus on. It's not targeted towards one person, it's targeted at everyone.”

Molly also brought a film that shows other dogs who help humans in some shape or form. Her owner said having Molly there helps kids learn the fire safety tips more when they interact with the dog.