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Here's how to enter the contest!


Welcome to PF&R’s 2016 Fire Prevention Month Poster Contest! We hope you have fun while creating art that encourages fire safety in the home, school and community.

  1. Each poster should be about one of the fire safety messages listed at the bottom of this page.
  2. Posters can be on any type of paper or poster board, and size can range from 8.5” x 11” up to 18”x24.
  3. You can use crayons, markers, pencils, etc.
  4. The back of the poster must clearly include:
  • Student’s name
  • Student’s grade
  • Name of school

Turn in posters to Portland Fire & Rescue by Oct. 31, 2016 at 5 PM. You can either mail them in or call us and we will pick them up at your school.

    • For pickup at school: call PF&R at (503) 823-3775

    • Mailing address: 55 SW Ash, Portland, OR 97204


    Posters will be judged in 2 categories: Grade K-2 and Grades 3-5.  Winners will be announced by early December 2016.


    Create a poster using an idea from one of the messages below. You don’t have to include words, but you can if you want.

    1.  “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom needs a working smoke alarm”

    • When you are asleep, you cannot see, hear or smell fire
    • Smoke alarms let you know when there is a fire so you can get out and stay out
    • Smoke alarms should be located in every bedroom, outside every bedroom, and on every level of your home

    2. “Fire Catches, so Don’t Play with Matches”

    • Big fires start small – playing with fire is dangerous
    • Matches and lighters are for adult hands only
    • Bring any matches or lighters you find to a grownup

    3. “Home Escape

    • In case of fire, Get out and stay out! Many accidents happen when people try to go back inside a burning building.
    • Have 2 ways out.  You can’t always get out the same way you came in, so have another plan, such as a window or another door.
    • Get low and go! Smoke is poisonous; the clean air is down low. When you crawl or stay low, you can breathe the clean air that is below the smoke.
    • Have a “Safe Meeting Place” – so family and firefighters know you go out safely. It could be a nearby tree, a mailbox, a sign or fence – anything that is a safe distance from the home, and where firefighters can see you.

    4. “Fireworks Facts”

    • Fireworks start hundreds of fires each year
    • Fireworks can scare people and pets with loud noise, sparks and smoke
    • Fireworks that fly or explode are against the law

    5. “Keep an Eye out for Careless Smokers!"

    • Careless smokers are the top cause of fire deaths – and many victims are not smokers.
    • Cigarettes cause fires if they are not put out properly.
    • Smokers should use sturdy ashtrays that won’t tip over.
    • Don’t put out cigarette butts in plants or bark dust.