Alex, Senior Infants – Our Lady of Mercy N.S.

Every year Cork County Council’s Fire Service runs a Primary Schools Fire Safety Programme. Due to current restrictions it has not been possible to visit schools to deliver this programme in the usual way. Instead, the Fire Service in conjunction with National Fire Safety Week 2020 from the 5th to 11th October, is running a competition for primary school children in County Cork.

This year the theme for Fire Safety Week is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives”. The competition runs from Monday 7th September to Monday 5th October with winners to be announced during National Fire Safety Week. Each week a selection of submitted art work will be featured on the Cork County Fire Service Facebook page.

Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Mary Linehan Foley encouraged children across the County to get involved, saying:

Fire safety education is very important, and this competition is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness among our youngest citizens of fire safety in a fun and entertaining way. And there are great prizes to be won. The details of the competition were distributed to all primary schools in the county in early September.

Cork County Council Chief Fire Officer Sarah Silke, co-ordinator of the competition, added:

This competition is for all primary school aged children within Cork County, including any home-schooled children. Junior infants to second class are invited to colour a picture while third class to sixth class will have to put a little thought into the design of a drawing/poster with a fire safety message. We hope to bring attention to the importance of fire safety in the home and fire safety week through this competition and everyone in Cork County Fire Service is excited to see the wonderful artwork that the children of Cork create.

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