Kids: Your Poster Could Win Money and Raise Awareness

December 21, 2010

Got a kid in grades 6, 7 or 8? How would that kid like to enter a contest that could not only win him/her money but save some lives in the process?

Check it out: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is sponsoring a nationwide carbon monoxide (CO) safety poster contest to help raise awareness about the dangers of CO in the home.

Carbon monoxide is called the “invisible killer” because you can’t see it or smell it and it attacks quickly.

The fact that you can’t see or smell it could be one topic for your poster.

Other possible topics include:

*Recognizing CO exposure and symptoms

*Steps to protect against CO poisoning

*Installing and testing a CO alarm

The top 10 winning posters will be printed, reproduced and displayed publicly as posters and online at several safety partner web sites including and

Each finalist will win $250 except the grand-prize winner, who will take home $500.

This contest has been going on since September, so start drawing. The deadline to submit an entry is December 31.

For more information on the contest, visit For more information on carbon monoxide, go to

What: Carbon Monoxide Warning and Poster Contest

When: Submissions due by December 31

Who: Open to middle school children in grades 6, 7 and 8

Enter: Online at or through the mail at CPSC, Poster Contest, Room 519, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814

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