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“It’s very important to teach fire safety so (kids) know what to do… if they hear their smoke detectors going off,” Arnold said. “The smoke detector goes off and lets you know there’s smoke, but it’s up to you to do the right things and be able to get out of that situation alive.”
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Piper said the contest taught her about the importance of fire safety. “You should always check your smoke detectors and you should always be careful because there can be a fire anywhere.”
Piper said she was “embarrassed” by the announcement, but said: “It was fun.”
Her winning entry featured a woman in a burning structure screaming for help and an fire truck approaching with the words “Don’t worry. We’re coming.”
The annual contest kicks off during Fire Prevention Week in October. The contest winners are generally recognized in the spring.
The theme for this year’s contest was “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”