State Fire Marshal offers cash prizes in fun fire prevention contest

State Fire Marshal offers cash prizes in fun fire prevention contest

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s second annual fire prevention video contest is under way, and a $500 prize is on the line.

All Tennesseans are eligible to enter the contest by creating a fire safety video that is well-researched and does not employ risky or unsafe behaviors.

Last year’s winning videos featured “jingles that emphasized the necessity of smoke alarms and the major role a closed door can play in reducing fire damage.”

“Tennessee is full of talented citizens, and we want to harness that talent and creativity to help save lives across our state,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “We’re challenging Tennesseans to use their ingenuity to produce a winning video that can help convey crucial fire safety messages to their fellow citizens in an exciting and effective way.”

While individuals of all ages are encouraged to submit videos, those under 18 must submit written parental approval with their submission.

Fire departments and teacher are also encouraged to submit videos.

“Education is the key to fire prevention,” said Gary West, Deputy Commissioner for Fire Prevention. “We encourage fire departments and teachers to participate in the contest and get their classrooms and communities involved in spreading fire safety awareness. We’re excited to put Tennessee’s creative skills to the test and look forward to seeing some great videos!”

Entire should be both educational and entertaining.

The first place winner will receive a $500 prize, and the second place winner will receive a $250 prize.

Entries must be submitted by Dec. 31 to be considered for prizes. Winners will be announced in early 2018.

For more information on the contest details, entry form, eligibility and official rules, visit

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