The California Carbon Monoxide Awareness Poster Contest is sponsored by The California State Firefighters' Association, Safe Kids California, and Kidde to help raise awareness of carbon monoxide (CO) safety and California's new carbon monoxide alarm law. Effective July 1, 2011, California's New Carbon Monoxide Safety Law requires all California single-family dwellings that contain a fossil-fuel burning heater, appliance, fireplace or attached garage to be equipped with a carbon monoxide alarm on every level of the house and near sleeping areas. Effective dates are set for other type of dwellings. CO is known as the "Silent Killer" because it is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas that can poison its victims with severe and chronic brain, lung and heart injuries and is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States.
The poster contest is open to children ages 6 to 12 years old living in California with a release form completed and signed by parent or guardian to be included with the entry. The poster must be entrant's own original artwork and must include information about the theme - Carbon Monoxide (CO) Safety and California's New CO Safety Law. The poster must be no smaller than 8.5" x 11" and no larger than 9" x 12" and can be created using markers, crayons, watercolors, or colored ink or pencil. The contest started on June 27, 2011 and ends on September 2, 2011 (post marked). Three winners will be awarded a Nintendo Wii, a pizza party with the Boys and Girls Club or a $200 donation to the Club, and a donation of 100 carbon monoxide alarms to the Safe Kids Coalition closest to winners' location. Full contest rules and submission details may be found here.
Good luck and let your creativity begin!