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Safety officials give kids tips and a chance to ride to school in style

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Some Siouxland safety officials are giving kids some fire safety tips and giving them the chance to ride in style to school.

The Northeast Nebraska Red Cross teamed up with the Norfolk Fire Division last month to present their Great Escapes program.

Red Cross officials say firefighters visited over 500 students in Norfolk and taught them the importance of developing an escape route for their homes in case of a fire.

The students were then asked to come up with their own escape plans with their parents.

Red Cross officials say getting kids involved in fire safety early is key.

"If you get the kids talking about something or get the children interested and excited about something, they visit with their family about it and get their whole family involved. That way, the whole family is aware of the importance of an escape plan," Shalle Wolfe, NE Nebraska Red Cross said.

Red Cross and fire officials are going to pick the best escape plans and honor the kids who came up with them during a ceremony on Thursday.

Those winners will get to ride to school in a firetruck, and a grand prize winner will get to ride in an aerial firefighting aircraft.

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