Creative children learn safety tips

WORD PLAY: Fire poster competition winners (from left, at front) Poppy Wood (second), Mackenzie Fox (first) and Sara Encinas (third) help spread the safety message with other prize winners.
WORD PLAY: Fire poster competition winners (from left, at front) Poppy Wood (second), Mackenzie Fox (first) and Sara Encinas (third) help spread the safety message with other prize winners. Rob Williams

WINTER is a danger time for destructive house fires, with families using heaters and electric blankets to keep warm.

The annual Lions Club of Ipswich fire poster competition is designed to teach Year 4s more about fire safety.

Club president Vanna McGreevy said the children, in turn, passed that knowledge on to their parents and siblings.

"We had about 100 entries this year. It's as good as other years," Mrs McGreevy said.

"The theme this year was fire safety at home."

Prizes were given out to 19 of the poster creators at the Ipswich Fire Station last Friday.

Ipswich Station Officer Mick McCoy has the job of going to schools and giving safety talks.

"The children reproduce that in their posters," he said.

The first three place-getters - Mackenzie Fox, Poppy Wood and Sara Encinas - will go on to the state contest.

The annual shield was won by Ipswich Central State School.

Highly commended awards went to Jordan Lane, Reece Venzke, Zac Ross, Cade Campbell Binnie, Michael Bartlett and Chloe Hyslop.

Students receiving prizes were from West Moreton Anglican College, Ipswich Central State School, Blair State School and Ipswich Junior Grammar School.

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