Calling all middle schoolers! CPSC is hosting a poster contest on carbon monoxide safety.
Carbon monoxide is called the “invisible killer.” That’s because it’s a gas that you can’t see or smell and it can kill its victims quickly. It gets into homes from:
- Running a portable generator in an enclosed space, basement or living area
- Running a car in an attached garage
- Poorly operating fuel-burning appliances or faulty ventilation
- Burning charcoal inside your home
To help raise awareness about the dangers of carbon monoxide, or CO, in homes, CPSC wants middle schoolers to create a poster and try to WIN prize money. The contest is open to students in grades 6, 7 and 8. Nine of them (3 from each grade) will be chosen to win $250. A grand finalist from the group will receive an additional grand prize of $500.
Each year more than 150 people in the U.S. die from accidental non-fire CO poisoning associated with consumer products and that number is on the rise. The winning poster will be used in CPSC’s outreach to get the word out about this danger.
So, don’t delay. Get your middle schooler involved. All the details are right on CPSC’s contest page at http://www.challenge.gov/cpsc. Once your middle schooler has drawn the poster, submit it on our contest site. Posters will be judged on the clarity of the CO message, visual appeal and originality. Be sure to support the challenge and share it with all your friends. And check back to the contest page often. We’ll be showing you the posters as they arrive.