Poster Contest

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Help PREVENT Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning deaths!

Detailed description of poster contest:

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. Possible topics for posters include: recognizing CO exposure and CO exposure symptoms; the inability to see or smell CO; steps to protect against CO poisoning; and installation and testing of a CO alarm. Additional information about the dangers of CO can be found by clicking here.

This contest is open to all middle school age children in grades 6, 7 and 8.

How Deadly CO Gets Into a Home:

  • 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

How to enter:

  • Participants can submit entries to CPSC between September 7 and December 31, 2010. Only one poster per child may be submitted, and all entries must be received no later than December 31, 2010.
  • Artwork must be done solely by the entrant and be original to the child entering the contest.
  • Submitted artwork may not be previously published and may not be copied. Submitted artwork may not contain any elements that violate a third-party’s copyright or trademark rights.
  • Entries may be submitted either through U.S. mail or online. To mail submissions, affix first class postage to an envelope of appropriate dimensions and send to:

CPSC, Poster Contest
Room 519
4330 East West Highway
Bethesda, MD 20814

  • Online submissions may be made to http://www.challenge.gov/cpsc. Submitted files should be in the form of either a PDF or JPG and must be no larger than five megabytes.

Important dates:

  • Submission Period: Start: Sep 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT End: Dec 31, 2010 11:59 PM EST
  • Judging Period: Start: Jan 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST End: Feb 21, 2011 11:59 PM EST
  • Winners announced: Feb 28, 2011 12:00 AM EST

Judging:

  • CPSC Staff, entries will be judged by a jury of representatives from the staff of CPSC.
  • Judging criteria:
  1. The poster message must be clear and raise awareness about the dangers of CO in the home.
  2. The poster must be visually interesting and appealing.
  3. The poster you create must be your original work.
  4. Poster Size: All submissions will be judged when sized to 8 ½” by 11″.
    (No submitted poster will be returned)

Prizes:

  • Finalist – $2,250
  • Each finalist will receive a cash award of $250. Finalist posters will be printed, reproduced, and displayed publicly as a printed poster, online at the CPSC and Challenge.gov websites, and on other safety partner websites.
  • Grand Prize – $500
  • An additional grand prize of $500 will be awarded to one of the nine finalists.

Contact Information:

Mailed submissions must include contact information on the back of the poster, including name, address, phone number or e-mail address, and an indication of the entrant’s grade in school.  Also, for mailed submissions only, a parent or guardian must write on the back of the poster and sign the statement: “I grant permission for my child’s poster, first name, state of residence, and school grade to appear online on CPSC.gov and/or Challenge.gov.”

For online Web submissions, please know that the safety and privacy of children is our priority.  For that reason, we comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA) and its accompanying Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulation that protects the privacy of children using the Internet.  Challenge.gov, the federal government website that CPSC is using to conduct this contest, is not a site aimed at children under 13 years old, and the site does not accept registrations from, or knowingly collect information from, children under 13 years old.  Visitors attempting to register for the site are initially asked whether they are under 13 years of age; if a visitor indicates that they are, they are redirected to a page informing them that a parent or guardian should use the site on their behalf.

If Challenge.gov becomes aware that someone under 13 years of age has registered for the site, it will immediately delete that person’s account, and that entrant will become ineligible to win any contests on Challenge.gov. If you suspect that your child under the age of 13 has created an account on Challenge.gov, please e-mail challenge@gsa.gov and it will take immediate action to rectify the situation.

Although Challenge.gov does not accept registrations from users under the age of 13, all sixth, seventh and eighth grade students can still (and are encouraged to) enter and win this CPSC poster contest by having their parents or guardians register for Challenge.gov on their behalf!
Pursuant to the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. § 552a), note that furnishing information for this contest is voluntary; however, failure to furnish the requested information will prevent CPSC from being able to contact you and therefore disqualify you from contest participation.

Parental/Guardian Consent:  Finalists will be contacted and provided a parental consent form which must be signed by a parent or guardian and returned to CPSC in order to be eligible to win the contest or any contest prizes. CPSC is not responsible for lost, stolen, illegible, torn, damaged, late, incomplete, or misdirected entries. To maintain privacy, entrants should sign submitted posters on the back of the artwork. If an entrant chooses to sign the poster so that the signature is visible, entrants should consider using partial identification rather than a full name.

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