Fire Prevention Contest Winners Attend Reception at Shriners Hospital

When elementary school students in the Sacramento area were asked to show how they would prevent a fire, they responded in force. The first Fire Prevention Poster Contest sponsored by Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire, Cosumnes Fire and Safe Kids Greater Sacramento, received more than 75 entries from area children in Kindergarten through 6th grade.

Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm themed the 2015 contest that was launched in October during Fire Prevention Week. Fire service personnel, injury prevention specialists and staff from Shriners Hospital reviewed all entries. Judges selected a grand prize winner along with first, second and third place winners from entries in each grade level.

Jayde Klipfel, a Marengo Ranch Elementary School 6th grader, took top honors as grand prize winner. The winning poster earned Jayde a $100 gift card for her school, plus a pizza party for her classmates in Mrs. McGranahan’s room. Jayde also received a certificate of recognition, a Shriners Be Burn Aware t-shirt and a stuffed Dalmatian.

All of the prevention poster entries were displayed at an awards ceremony on Thursday, December 3, at the Shriners Hospital in Sacramento. Contest participants and their parents joined teachers, principals and the team of judges at a reception in the hospital’s auditorium. Dr. David Greenhalgh, chief of burns, Dr. Tina Palmieri, assistant chief of burns, and Soman Sen, burn surgeon, attended the ceremony to honor the contest winners. Kelsey Viega, burn prevention coordinator for the hospital, was master of ceremonies.

All contest winners (link to list of winners that appears below) were awarded a certificate. Those attending the ceremony had their picture taken with the contest organizers.

Working together to coordinate the 2015 Fire Prevention Poster Contest were:
• Michelle Cummings, community risk specialist at the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District;
• Brittany Lemon, public education officer at Cosumnes Community Services District Fire Department;
• Jennifer Rubin, injury prevention program lead at Safe Kids Greater Sacramento; and
• Kelsey Viega, burn prevention coordinator at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California.
A regional pediatric burn center serving children throughout California and the West, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California is accredited by the Joint Commission and distinguished by the American Burn Association (ABA) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as a verified pediatric burn center.

The Shriners Hospital burn team works in concert to promote health and safety through prevention research and education. Topics of prevention studies include halogen lamps, fire imagery in toy advertising, microwavable cup of soup, campfire safety, scald burns, residential building sprinklers and more.  Shriners Hospital also conducts a burn prevention program for school children called Safety Begins at Home. For information on prevention studies and education, call 916-453-2050.

Go online here to find more fire safety information for the entire family.

Congratulations to the following poster contest winners:

1st place — Isabella Weiss, Kid Central Elk Grove

First Grade
1st place — Maile Lam, Marengo Ranch Elementary
2nd place — Camryn Gritsch, KC Markofer
3rd place — Jakauri Robinson, Youth Center

Second Grade
1st place — Liliana Forbes, KC Markofer & Bella Wehner, Kid Central Youth Center
3rd place — Peyton Devine, Kid Central Elk Grove

Third Grade
1st place — Alyssa Bayardo, Kid Central Elk Grove
2nd place — Sienna Lynne Dietrich, Gold River Discovery Center
3rd place — Savannah Oparko, Kid Central Elk Grove

Fourth Grade
1st place — Sophia Feliz, Marengo Ranch Elementary
2nd place — Luke Ortega, Marengo Ranch Elementary
3rd place — Hope Garten, Marengo Ranch Elementary

Fifth Grade
1st place — Magdalena Bowen, St. Robert School
2nd place — Mia Davis, Kid Central Elk Grove
3rd place — Lauren Caron, Marengo Ranch Elementary

Sixth Grade
1st place — Reid Sperisen, Marengo Ranch Elementary
2nd place — Isabella Felix, Marengo Ranch Elementary & Alvaro Romos, Marengo Ranch Elementary

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Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research. Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis. Care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For further information call (916) 453-2000 or visit our frequently asked questions page.

Media Contact: Catherine Curran | Public Relations (916) 453-2218 |

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