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Kids compete to have their art work posted on Billboards across Nevada

Deadline approaches for poster contest

Post Date:09/11/2017 4:22 PM

The Reno Fire Department wants to remind all area children who are in 5th grade, 6th grade, middle school, and High School about the great opportunity to have their artwork published and distributed by the State of Nevada and displayed on billboards all across Nevada.

The poster contest is a kick off to this year’s Fire Prevention Week to be recognized this October. The theme is “Every Second Counts: plan 2 ways out!”

In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy. The Reno Fire Department suggests that every area resident do the following:

  • Draw a map of your home (PDF) with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Check your smoke alarms and make sure they are working properly.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.



    1. Applicants are limited to Nevada students who are in 5th grade, 6th grade, middle school, and high school.
    2. Artwork must reflect the above “Every Second Counts: plan 2 ways out!” theme. More information on the theme can be found at
    3. Theme must be depicted visually and can be created using media such as acrylics, watercolor, pencils, charcoal, magic markers, and crayons. Digitally produced images will not be eligible for consideration.
    4. The finished poster must measure 8 ½ by 14 inches.
    5. The poster must be submitted with a description of the poster and a brief biography of the artist.



Winners will be selected from each of the grade school categories and their posters placed on billboards in the Elko, Reno/Sparks, Carson City, and Las Vegas areas. Each winner will receive a plaque from the Nevada State Fire Marshal, and the Fire Prevention Association of Nevada, and recognition from the National Fire Protection Association, and the Governor’s Office.


Posters in the Reno area must be submitted to the Reno Fire Department no later than Thursday, September 14 at 4:00 p.m. Posters may also be submitted to the Washoe County participating school Principals by the same time and Fire personnel will pick up from the schools no later than 9:00 a.m. Friday morning (September 15). The final selection and winning posters will be selected on September 19, 2017.

For more information on the contest please visit or  

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