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Howland EMS teaches kids to have a safe summer

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NILES, Ohio - Just in time for summer, the Howland Fire Department is teaching kids important lessons that can improve their safety throughout life.

At Howland's safety day, kids took part in a bike rodeo after receiving a properly fitted helmet.

Howland fire inspector Kelly McGilton took part in fitting the kids for proper helmets.

"Our objective today is to give every kid that comes a helmet that fits them and get it properly fitted so, if they do fall off the bike, we can prevent any type of injury," McGilton says.

They also had the chance to check out the fire trucks and learn about fire safety.

Multiple agencies were set up in the parking lot of K-Mart where the event was held offering free car seat installation checks and more.

Chief Pantalone says teaching kids about prevention early on is the way to go.

"For the fire department, we've always been very proactive in getting across to kids early," Pantalone says.

Howland police, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Trumbull County Help me Grow, Trumbull County Safe Communities and other agencies participated in the event as well.

Members of the National Honor Society from Howland high also volunteered to make the day a success and Scrappy from the Mahoning Valley Scrappers made an appearance. 

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