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HPD Thanksgiving Coloring Contest & Holiday Safety

Posted October 28, 2021 in Police by Andrea Litchfield

Hilliard’s first responders are hosting a Thanksgiving coloring contest.

Children up to age 12 are invited to color or decorate a turkey to be displayed at the Safety Services Building. Members of the Hilliard Division of Police and Norwich Township Fire Department will choose a winner in each of the age groups: 0 to 5 years, 6 to 8 years, and 9-12 years. Winners will receive special gift bags from police and fire.

Entries can be scanned and emailed to or mailed or dropped off to Hilliard Police at the Safety Services Building, 5171 Northwest Parkway, Hilliard OH 43026. Deadline to submit is Nov. 19. Winners will be announced on Facebook on Nov. 23.

Tips to enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday safely

Thanksgiving is a peak day for home cooking fires. The U.S. Fire Department confirms that more than 4,000 fires occur on Thanksgiving Day and preparing deep fried turkeys, using a turkey fryer, is the cause of approximately 5 deaths, 50 injuries, and the destruction of 900 homes and more than $15 million in property damage every year.

According to the National Highway Safety Association, more than 40 percent of holiday car accidents involve alcohol. 

Hilliard and Norwich Township residents are reminded to keep the following safety tips in mind when celebrating:

  • Keep baking soda on hand to put out kitchen fires.
  • Do not leave food cooking or the stove unsupervised.
  • Follow all instructions carefully when using a deep fryer and monitor closely.
  • Keep children away from the stove and other hot liquids and steam.
  • Ensure the kitchen floor is kept clear and doesn’t have any trip hazards.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
  • Keep matches, lighters, candles and knives out of the reach of children.
  • A household fire extinguisher should always be nearby.
  • Don’t be a turkey! If you’re drinking, don’t drive.
  • Buckle up, every trip.