Wykell Brown, a sixth grader at Thomson Middle School, recently won third place in the 2006 Statewide Fire Safety Essay Contest for Fire Prevention Week, which was Oct. 8-14.
On Monday, Wykell received a special certificate and ribbon for her essay, entitled "Fire prevention at home." She is pictured with James Crawley, an officer with State Fire Marshall's office and Rick Sewell and Johnny Crawley from the Thomson Fire Department.
Wykell is the daughter of Shirley Brown of Dearing.
Her essay is below:
Fire Prevention at Home
By Wykell Brown
To prevent cooking fires you need to watch what you heat. You should always have the handle of the pot facing the back of the stove. The reason you should do that is so a little child or adult won't bump the stove or the handle and make the pot flip over. Somehow it can start a fire, or it can burn you real bad. Never put a towel on the stove. That also can start a fire. You should never go run and answer the phone while you're cooking. When you're cooking it always comes first.
Always remember this tip; grease and water don't mix. Fires can start in a blink of an eye. If you have to go to the restroom, turn the stove off before you go. If you are under the age of 13, make sure you have an adult in the kitchen while you're cooking. If you are cooking with grease, make sue it does not get on the eye of the stove. That can also start a fire. Do not try to put the fire out with water. Now you know how to prevent cooking fires.
1) fire safety -- cutline: Wykell Brown receives her ribbon and certificate Monday.