Each year the State Fire Marshal's Office (SFMO) holds an annual Fire Prevention Poster Contest to celebrate Fire Prevention Week. Posters are submitted to local fire departments by schools across the state. Each fire department holds a local competition, and the winning poster from each grade level competes at the state level. An awards ceremony is held each February to honor the winners.
This year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week and the Fire Prevention Poster Contest was “Look. Listen. Learn. – Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), you have as little as one to two minutes to escape a house fire. Having an escape plan and practicing emergency exit drills can be the difference between life and death in an emergency. It is crucial that our fire departments use Fire Prevention Week to promote public awareness of fire prevention and fire safety, drawing special attention to the importance of home fire escape planning and Exit Drills in the Home (EDITH).