A scout from the 1st Barnham Scouts in West Sussex has won Chubb Fire & Security's national fire safety poster competition by designing the best home escape plan poster.
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 winning design was created by 13-year-old Hannah of the 1st Barnham Scouts group, who secured a cash prize of £300 for her group in addition to having her poster uploaded to the Chubb website and published in the Scouts magazine.
1st Barnham Scouts Leader Sue Farrant says that the group devoted an evening to producing the posters for the competition.
"We had a discussion about different causes of fire in the home before starting on the designs. Last term we were working towards our creative badge, and next term we are planning to complete our fire safety badge and to visit Bognor Regis fire station, so this activity was a perfect bridge between the two," Farrant said.
Farrant said the group was delighted when they discovered that the winning entry had been submitted by one of their own Scouts. "We are not sure yet what we will spend the prize money on, but it will provide a great opportunity for the whole troop to take part in an outdoor activity over the summer," she 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 92,000 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 Hannah's particularly impressed us by demonstrating a sound understanding of the four different areas of safe practice: prevention, detection, containment and escape," she said.