One community developed a unique solution to lessening their risk due to a wildfire event. By reaching out to children through a contest, they were able to get the Firewise message into the hands of the parents. They are not only preparing the next generation of homeowners to understand their risk but also using a fun opportunity to engage the whole community, including local politicians. Read their story and see if there is an opportunity for residents in your community to do the same.
Lago Vista at Leander, Texas
Lago Vista held a Firewise poster coloring contest for children and a community event for Firewise Day. In advance of Firewise Day, the rules of the poster contest were distributed to children through the schools. A cash prize was offered for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place entries, plus a prize for the teacher whose class submits the most entries. The posters illustrated one or more Firewise actions as described in the rules. By engaging the children in Firewise education, the community is preparing the next generation of homeowners to be fire safe.
On Firewise Day, the posters were displayed and judged, and prizes were awarded. The Fire Department brought the fire trucks to the front of the library, and residents were shown how to operate the fire hoses. Refreshments were served, and Firewise materials were made available to participants. A proclamation was received from the Mayor of Lago Vista in advance, and published with photos in the local newspaper to advertise the event.
Lago Vista tells us, “By getting kids involved in a coloring contest for Lago Vista Firewise Day, we are able to reach the parents and the rest of the family in Firewise education. Every Lago Vista elementary school kid gets a coloring sheet with Firewise prevention tips on the back. Parents have to read the prevention information with their kids, before signing the entry permission form.”
The contest form submitted to us by the community is also an attachment