Orange Fire Marshal Tim Smith has announced that the 2015 Connecticut Fire Prevention Poster Contest, a statewide competition for fourth and fifth graders held from October to December, has begun. The contest is a cooperative effort of elementary school teachers and the sponsors: Connecticut Fire Marshals Association, Office of The State Fire Marshal, Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association, Connecticut Board of Education, Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection and Connecticut FAIR Plan (representing the insurance industry). The theme is “Fire Prevention- Everyone/Everyday”. Approximately 30,000 children from over 130 communities design and produce the posters. A winning poster will be chosen from each county and that student will receive a cash award of $150.00. Posters will be exhibited in locations throughout Connecticut, including the State Capitol. From these, one poster will be chosen to be reproduced and distributed as Connecticut’s 2015 Fire Prevention Poster. The statewide winner will be awarded an additional $750.00 and his or her school will receive $500.00. A luncheon, where the state winner is announced, will be held for county winners, parents, teachers, principals, local fire marshals and other guests. Fire safety education is important as a means of preventing injuries, death and economic loss. The contest brings awareness to children, who are a valuable link in the chain of communication, by taking information home to the family and suggesting ways to reduce damage and prevent fires. The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office would like to thank the students, administrators and teachers from the Peck Place, Race Brook and Turkey Hill schools for their support and participation.
Important fire prevention measures include: never playing with matches or lighters – they are not toys, never leaving a lit candle or cooking utensil on a hot stove or grill unattended, and keeping flammable items away from heat sources. Some fire escape tips are: never hide, get low and go, know two ways out of every room, have and practice a home escape plan and meeting place, and never go back into a burning building. If your clothes catch on fire, stop where you are, drop to the ground and roll over until the fire is out. Cover your face with your hands. Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home including finished attics and basements, inside every bedroom and sleeping area, at the top of the first–to–second floor stairway and at the bottom of the basement stairway. A working detector cuts the risk of dying in a fire by one-half. If you have questions regarding fire safety, please contact The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office at (203) 891-4711, Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM or visit the website at www.orangefiremarshal.com.