Heard-mixon stu­dents win state poster con­test

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Ge­or­gia’s 2013 Fire Safety Cal­en­dar will fea­ture art­work from three Heard-Mixon Ele­men­tary School stu­dents. Although stu­dents from 65 schools from across the state par­tic­i­pated, Heard-Mixon fifth-graders Sarah Kessler, Zachary MacFarlane, and Sh­erny­lah Sim­mons won three of the 13 spots on the Statewide Fire Safety Tips Cal­en­dar. The con­test is spon­sored by the Ge­or­gia In­surance and Fire Safety Com­mis­sioner and the Ge­or­gia Fire Sprin­kler As­so­ci­a­tion.

The con­test was open to all Ge­or­gia ele­men­tary school stu­dents in grades kinder­garten through five. Stu­dents were asked to cre­ate poster en­tries em­pha­siz­ing this year’s theme, “Have Two Ways Out!” or one of 12 fire safety tips.

The 12 fire safety tips in­cluded:

Safety Tip 1: Give space heaters some space. Things placed too closely to space heaters can catch on fire.

Safety Tip 2: Fire­fight­ers are your friends. Never hide in­side. Al­ways go out­side when there is a fire.

Safety Tip 3: Matches and lighters are tools, not toys! If you find a match or lighter, tell an adult.

: Have smoke alarms in your home to pro­tect you and your fam­ily. Have a smoke alarm for each floor in your home.

If your clothes catch fire, stop where you are, drop to the ground and cover your face, and roll!

Re­mem­ber, in case of fire in your home, al­ways go to a neigh­bor’s house to call 911.

If there is smoke in your house, crawl low un­der the smoke and get out and stay out!

Safety Tip 8: Home fire sprin­klers con­trol and ex­tin­guish fires in your home, giv­ing you more time to es­cape.

Safety Tip 9: Have a meet­ing place out­side

Sh­erny­lah Sim­mons, Sarah Kessler and Zachary MacFarlane, along with Heard-Mixon Ele­men­tary art teacher Spencer Pick­ens re­cently at­tended the Ex­cel­lence in Fire Safety Awards Lun­cheon. your home that the whole fam­ily knows about. Once out­side, never go back in­side!

Safety Tip 10: When cook­ing, turn han­dles to­ward the rear of the stove. Grease fires can quickly get out of con­trol. If you have a grease fire, cover the pan with a lid to smother the fire.

Safety Tip 11: Draw a fire es­cape plan for your home and prac­tice it with the whole fam­ily. Make sure you have two ways out of ev­ery room.

Keep your hol­i­days happy, turn hol­i­day lights off be­fore go­ing to bed.

Sarah Kessler’s art­work will be fea­tured for the month of Jan­uary with the safety tip, “Give Space Heaters Some Space.” Zachary MacFarlane’s art was cho­sen for the month of March and dis­plays the safety tip, “Matches and Lighters are Tools, Not Toys!” Fi­nally, Sh­erny­lah Sim­mons’ poster was cho­sen to rep­re­sent the month of May with the safety tip, “If Your Cloths Catch Fire, You Should Stop, Drop and Roll.”

The stu­dents were re­cently rec­og­nized for their ac­com­plish­ments at the an­nual “Ex­cel­lence in Fire Safety Awards Lun­cheon” held at the Ge­or­gia Pub­lic Safety Train­ing Cen­ter in Forsyth, Ge­or­gia, where they had the op­por­tuni- ty to meet In­surance and Fire Safety Com­mis­sioner Ralph T. Hud­gens.

“We’re very proud of Sarah, Zachary, and Sh­erny­lah,” said school su­per­in­ten­dent Gary Mathews.

“Con­sid­er­ing the num­ber of schools par­tic­i­pat­ing, to have three of our stu­dents win spots in the statewide fire safety cal­en­dar is a tremen­dous ac­com­plish­ment. Th­ese stu­dents are ob­vi­ously very cre­ative and very tal­ented and have rep­re­sented our school sys­tem well. Con­grat­u­la­tions to each of them on a job well done!”

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