Since 1922, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has sponsored Fire Prevention Week. The 2018 Fire Prevention Week is October 7 - 13, and the theme is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere!”
To encourage observance of Fire Prevention Week, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Jim Beck in conjunction with the State Fire Marshal's Office sponsors activities that support fire safety and prevention. Each year a statewide poster, fire safety tips calendar poster and two fire safety essay contests are conducted for Georgia students. The poster and fire safety tips calendar contests are designed for grades K – 5; the fire safety house essay contest is designed for grades K – 3. The fire safety essay contest is geared to grades 6 – 12. Additionally, Commissioner Jim Beck and the State Fire Marshal urge schools and communities to participate in the annual statewide fire drill scheduled for Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. for those schools that are able to participate on this day. If inclement weather, please reschedule the drill for the following Wednesday, October 17, 2018. If your school's schedule conflicts with the dates above, please conduct your fire drill anytime during the month of October.
Fire Prevention Week observances also include the 26th Annual Life, Fire and Safety Awards Luncheon. The 2018 sponsors are, the Office of the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner, along with the Georgia Public Safety Educators Association, Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation, Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Georgia Fire Sprinkler Association, the Southeastern Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, Georgia Fire Inspectors Association, Georgia Arson Control Program, Inc., Georgia Propane Gas Association, Country Financial, Georgia Association of Convenience Stores, Nationwide Insurance, Atlanta Apartment Association, Inc., Kidde, Georgia Association of Fire Safety Equipment Dealers and the Georgia Power Company.
The Statewide Fire Safety Poster and Calendar Poster Contests are offered to Georgia students in grades K through 5 by using the NFPA Fire Prevention Week theme and/or the monthly fire safety tips as outlined in the Fire Safety Tips Calendar in their poster artwork. The poster should also focus on fire prevention in the home. The theme for 2018 Fire Prevention Week is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,”
A panel of judges (chosen by the State Fire Marshal's Office) selects from each grade level, K – 5, a first, second and third place poster winner and 13 winners for the 2017 Fire Safety Tips calendar. The judges also select a first, second and third place fire safety house essay winner among grades K – 3 as a whole; and a first, second and third place fire safety essay winner from each grade level, 6 – 12.
Contact our Public Education Division at 404-463-6512 for more information.