“Fire Prevention Week” 2018 Poster Contest Winner

The Columbus Fire Department congratulates Havel Kelley, age 6, as her poster was selected as the winner of the Columbus Fire Department “Fire Prevention Week” 2018 Poster Contest.  Hazel is a 1st grader at CSA Lincoln Elementary. Hazel will receive 6 tickets to Holiday World & Splashing Safari courtesy of White River Broadcasting Company.

The poster contest was open to children age 12 and under.  We asked the children to create a poster that highlights the fire prevention theme for 2018- “Look. Listen. Learn.  Be aware-fire can happen anywhere.”  Posters were to be created on  8 ½  X 11 ‘’ paper using pen, pencil, colored pencil, crayon or paint. The judges consisted of 7 firefighters.  While there were many excellent poster submissions, the judges agreed that Hazel’s poster highlighted this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware-fire can happen anywhere.”  Hazel’s poster depicted a family that had safely escaped a residential fire and had reunited at their safe meeting place. The bold lettering above the picture highlighted this year’s theme.  Columbus Fire Chief Mike Compton states, “The poster contest is a great opportunity for the children to focus on what fire prevention means. Fire prevention week is also a time for adults and children to think about fire related emergencies, and consider putting a plan together for a safe escape.”  This year the fire department received 74 submissions from local children.

Fire Prevention Week is October 7-13, 2018. The Columbus Fire Department hopes that citizens will take some time next week to focus on fire prevention and preparedness.