Fire Prevention and Life Safety Essay Contest

Thank you for your participation in the FASNY Fire Prevention and Life Safety Essay Contest. The deadline for entries has passed. Please check back for this year's winner which will be announced this spring.

Each year, in an effort to help educate and engage kids in our community and schools, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY), with the support of your local fire department, sponsors the Fire Prevention and Life Safety Essay Contest.

New York State schools are required by the Department of Education to provide fire and safety curriculum to their students for a minimum of 45 minutes each month while school is in session. Participation in the Fire Prevention and Life Safety Essay Contest is an enjoyable way for the children to receive their instruction and the school to fulfill its requirement. The lessons learned by incorporating the contest into your curriculum may prevent an injury or even save a life.

Who's Eligible:
Students throughout New York State in grades five through eight are eligible to participate.

This Year’s Fire Prevention Week Theme is "Have 2 Ways Out!"

Please submit one typewritten, or two neatly handwritten double-spaced pages. Only one essay per student may be submitted. This year’s theme, “Have 2 Ways Out!”, focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice. It is important to have a home fire escape plan that prepares your family to think fast and get out quickly when the smoke alarm sounds. Essays should reflect this theme including items like proper escape planning.

A panel of judges will choose a first, second and third place winner in each grade level. First place winners will receive a plaque and a check for $100 from FASNY. Second place winners will receive a certificate and $75. Third place winners will receive a certificate and $50. Teachers will be notified of winners by April 1, 2013, and at that time, award presentations can be set up.

January 7, 2013

For More information, contact:
Laurie M. Hance
(315) 244-1565

View 2013-2014 Contest Winners »
Fire Safety Tip:
  • Change batteries in smoke, fire and carbon monoxide detectors when you change the time on your clock.
  • Observe all safety precautions for outdoor burning as wildfire season begins in the spring. DO NOT burn anything outside until you check with your local Codes Inspector, Fire Chief or Forest Ranger.
  • With Spring comes the increase usage of power equipment. Follow safety precautions for all equipment and especially USE CAUTION with gasoline, oil and chemicals.
  • Check smoke, fire, and carbon monoxide detector batteries monthly.
  • When using electric heaters do not run cords under rugs.
  • Do not use any heater to dry clothes.
  • When using electric heater and a circuit breaker trips or a fuse blows stop using heater and have it checked by a professional.
  • Use fireplace screen in front of fireplaces to prevent sparks from flying out.
  • Use only seasoned wood in fireplaces or wood stoves & have them inspected by a professional regularly.
  • Make sure any fire in fireplace or wood stove is out before leaving house or going to bed.

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