Orange Fire Marshal, Tim Smith, has announced the community winners of the 2014 Connecticut Fire Prevention Poster Contest, a statewide competition for fourth and fifth graders which was held from October to December.
The contest is a cooperative effort of elementary school teachers and sponsors: The Connecticut Fire Marshals’ Association, Office of The State Fire Marshal, Connecticut Fire Chiefs’ Association, State Board of Education, Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection and The Connecticut FAIR Plan (representing the insurance industry). The 2014 theme was “Fire Prevention: Everyone/Everyday.”
About 30,000 children from over 130 communities designed and produced the posters. The winners from each county 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 poster to promote fire prevention within the state.
Fire safety education is important as a means of preventing injuries, death and economic loss. The contest brings awareness to children, their parents and the community of ways to prevent fires and to reduce damage.
The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office is pleased to announce the local contest winners. They are Adele Bidon, 4th grade, and Ariel Han, 5th grade, students at Race Brook School. The 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.
Two important fire prevention measures are having and practicing a Home Escape Plan and installing smoke detectors. A working detector cuts the risk of dying in a fire by one-half.
The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office Community Detector Program provides and installs 10 year lithium battery alarms and/or carbon dioxide alarms, free of charge to Orange residents. If you have questions regarding fire safety or wish to have alarms provided and/or installed, call The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office at (203) 891-4711, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.