CLARKSVILLE (KFSM)-- Molly the Fire Safety Dog has been teaching fire safety at to children for almost four years. She has taught in schools, at summer camps and libraries, and she’s even taught a few adults.
So far, she's taught children in 39 states and 18 different countries on five continents.
“I could go and share fire safety all day long with people, but they'll listen, but there's just something about a dog that makes it that much more special,” Dayna Hilton, Molly’s owner, said.
Hilton founded the Keep Kids Fire Safe Foundation in 2009, and just a couple years later she and her dogs started a Skype program to teach fire safety to children all over the world.
“We share some of the key fire safety behaviors through a book that we read,” Hilton said. “We also sing songs. Molly does her thing. She likes to wave to the children.”
Molly helps by demonstrating some of the safety tips like crawling low under smoke and showing kids things to avoid playing with in their homes.
To date, Hilton said the program has helped save 11 lives
“When you teach these things to children a positive way this is something that the children will remember, take home to their parents, and then they'll work on a plan together,” Hilton said.
Hilton said everyone needs to know basic fire safety, and even though cultures vary around the world, safety is universal.
“It doesn't matter if you live in Argentina or Arkansas, it's still important that you know how to crawl low, stay low to the ground and get out,” Hilton said.
Hilton said she and Molly will continue these programs as long as they can.
“She's not just a dog, she's really my best friend, and we have a great time on this journey together,” Hilton said.
Hilton said when Molly is ready to retire her little brother, Boden will start teaching the programs.
They're starting a new program where kids can come read books with Molly at the Keeping Kids Fire Safe Center in Clarksville. Hilton and Molly also host a fire safety live stream every Friday that focuses on a different safety tip each week.
You can find and connect with Molly and her programs on her Facebook page.