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.