SFMO Announces Sequel to Annual Video Contest

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | 3:33pm

NASHVILLE – It’s back, and it’s bigger than ever. It’s the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) second annual Video Contest! Building on the success of last year’s inaugural contest, the SFMO is challenging residents to push themselves and their creativity even further this year to help spread the word about how Tennesseans can make the Volunteer State fire-safe.

Through the inaugural Fire Prevention Video Contest, the SFMO reached hundreds of Tennessee residents of all ages with life-saving messages using jingles that emphasized the necessity of smoke alarms and the major role a closed door can play in reducing fire damage. This year, the SFMO aims to push Tennesseans’ creativity even further in order to spread fire prevention education statewide.

“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 & 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.”

The contest kicks off Tuesday, Oct. 10, and features prizes donated by Kidde that include a $500 check for first place and a $250 check for second place. The contest concludes Dec. 31.

The contest is open to Tennessee residents of all ages; however participants 18 years and younger must submit written parental approval. Both individuals and groups (including families, classes, senior groups, fire departments and more) are eligible to submit entries. The videos must explore fire safety topics, be well researched, not demonstrate risky or unsafe behavior, and be both educational and entertaining.

“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!”

Entries must be submitted by Dec. 31, 2017 to be considered for prizes. Winners will be announced in early 2018. To view last year’s videos, including the winning entry, visit our webpage.

For more information on the contest details, an entry form, eligibility and official rules, visit www.tn.gov/firecontest.

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