The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is challenging middle school students nationwide to create a poster to help teach families about the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) in the home. CPSC’s poster contest is open to students in grades 6, 7 and 8.
For each grade level, three finalists will be selected for a total of nine finalists. Each finalist will win $250 in prize money. CPSC judges will choose the best overall poster and the winner will receive an additional $500.
CPSC’s goal for the poster contest is to raise awareness and to help reverse a deadly trend. CO is an odorless, colorless and deadly gas. It is called the “Invisible Killer” because you cannot see it or smell it and it can kill its victims quickly. Each year more than 150 people die from accidental non-fire carbon monoxide poisoning associated with consumer products in the United States and that number is on the rise. Most of the increase is due to consumers improperly using generators indoors, in attached garages or in other enclosed spaces.
Students’ posters will be evaluated on the clarity of their CO safety message, visual appeal and design originality.