A scout from the 1st Mendlesham Scout Group from Suffolk has won a runner-up prize in Chubb Fire & Security's national fire safety poster competition with her home escape plan poster design.
Chubb Fire & Security challenged scout groups from across the country to produce a poster detailing priority actions that families should take in the event of a fire. The runner-up design was created by 11-year-old Shannon of the 1st Mendlesham Scout Group from the Stowmarket District Scouts, Suffolk, who secured a cash prize of £100 for her group in addition to having her poster on the Chubb website.
1st Mendlesham Scouts Leader Martyn Bryant says that the scouts are at an ideal age to learn about fire safety.
"As a troop, we have done quite a bit of work over the past couple of years on the Fire Safety badge. We tend to spread the activities over the course of several weeks, making it easier for the Scouts to take all of the information in, and then revisit what we have learnt to reinforce it," he said.
Bryant says that the group was delighted when it discovered that Shannon's entry had been recognised as runner-up.
"Everyone was so pleased for Shannon, who had put a lot of work into her design. We intend to put the prize money towards an outdoor activity or outing, such as our upcoming summer camp, which always has a high attendance rate amongst the group," Bryant said.
The competition was organised through Chubb's partnership with the Scout Association, which aims to protect more young people from fire by educating them early about the risks and how they can be prevented. Since its launch in 2004, more than 100,000 Scouts have received the Chubb Fire Safety Badge, making it one of the most popular of all the scouting badges.
Jane Garland, marketing communications manager for Chubb, says that a home escape plan is a vital element of every household's fire safety.
"Both the Fire Service and Chubb recommends that all homes have two exit routes as part of their home escape plan in case of fire. This competition was designed as a fun but ultimately informative activity to reinforce the crucial message of fire safety to young people. We received over 70 submissions, but were very impressed by Shannon's striking and artistic design," she said.