KISSIMMEE, Fla., September 30, 10:00 a.m. – To educate children about electrical safety and encourage them to develop their artistic expression, Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) is calling for entries in the utility’s 11th annual calendar art contest. The contest is for third, fourth and fifth grade Osceola County students and is designed to help protect children from electrical dangers outdoors and in the home.
A panel of “celebrity judges” will select twelve entries – one for each calendar month – that will be featured in KUA’s 2005 Calendar of Electrical Safety.
Every student who submits an entry will be honored with a letter of appreciation, a small prize and a copy of the full-color calendar. The twelve winners will have their artwork featured in the 2005 calendar and receive a $75 cash prize. The calendars will be distributed free of charge in December 2004.
“This year’s hurricanes have raised awareness of the importance of safety around electricity,” said Chris Gent, KUA’s manager of corporate communications. “Keeping children safe from electrical accidents is easy to do and should never be taken for granted.“
Every year in the U.S., tens of thousands of people are killed or injured from contact with electricity. In fact, one person is electrocuted in the home every 25 hours, according to the latest data available from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. These types of accidents are also the leading cause of death for children younger than 5, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Official entry forms are currently available in the art department of each Osceola County public, private and charter elementary school and at KUA’s customer service center, located at 1701 W. Carroll Street in Kissimmee. The entry form is also available online at http://www.kua.com/features/KUA_Entry_Form.pdf. The deadline for entries is 5:00 pm on Monday, October 25, 2004.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric, water, and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.
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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-7777 x 1116