Today, the Bossier City Fire Department kicked off its annual fire safety program in schools.
The program includes a multimedia presentation, a puppet show, and even an appearance by Sparky the fire dog.
Throughout October, city fire officials will teach fire safety to more than 7,000 kids in close to two dozen Bossier City schools.
Fire officials say, teaching kids is the first step to creating more fire safety awareness.
"A lot of times it takes a child, it takes the knowledge of a child to come home and repeat that message to where the adult thinks, yeah you know what, I haven't checked those smoke detectors in a while, and I haven't made sure there's a safety route out of the house, and I really need to be safe myself," said Fire Chief Sammy Halphen.
The month long program is held along with "National Fire Prevention Week," which runs October 4 through the 10.