County Comment: Home Chemical Safety and Home Chemical Safety Poster Contest Winners

Home Chemical Safety Poster Winners
Rear L-R: Mayor Bruchey, Commissioner Barr, Sheriff Mullendore, Kevin Lewis
Front L-R: Corina Grimm, Sharpsburg Elementary, 3rd place; Julia Wiles, Smithsburg Elementary, 2nd place; and Jonathan Birky of Boonsboro Elementary 1st place.


County Comment
Home Chemical Safety and Home Chemical Safety Poster Contest Winners
by Norman Bassett, Public Information Officer
Washington County, Maryland

In the regular meeting of the Washington County Board of County Commissioners on April 22nd, a Proclamation Of Home Chemical Safety Week and Presentations to Home Chemical Safety Poster Contest Winners were presented.
Commissioners' President John Barr issued the proclamation to Local Emergency Planning Committee Co-chairpersons Acting Director of Fire and Emergency Services Kevin Lewis and Sheriff Douglas Mullendore, designating the week of April 20-26 as Home Chemical Safety Week in Washington County.
Certificates and awards were presented to the Home Chemical Safety Program school poster winners. The Washington County Local Emergency Planning Committee partnered with Washington County Public Schools and area businesses to provide the a educational program on home chemical safety to fourth grade students. The program is in its sixth year and approximately 7,000 students have been taught Home Chemical Safety since its inception.
The two-lesson program provides students information on the definition of a chemical, how to read labels and develops safety rules for proper storage and handling of chemicals. The participants are given an opportunity to illustrate a particular chemical safety tip learned during the program in a poster contest.
This year's poster contest winners were Corina Grimm, Sharpsburg Elementary, 3rd place; Julia Wiles, Smithsburg Elementary, 2nd place; and Jonathan Birky of Boonsboro Elementary 1st place. The winners received a gold medal and prizes from participating sponsors including book bags, U.S. Savings Bonds and gift cards. All finalists receive a t-shirt and silver medal.
The County's Special Operations Team provided lunch for the finalists and a ride in a fire truck for the winners.
Corporate and community sponsors include Good Humor-Breyers, Shawley's LP Gas, and the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, Washington County Local Emergency Planning Committee, Washington County Special operations, and Washington County Citizen Corps.