Talented Taylor wins fire engine ride

Throston Primary School pupil Taylor Guttridge with her framed certificate standing in front of a fire engine

Throston Primary School pupil Taylor Guttridge with her framed certificate standing in front of a fire engine

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A TALENTED primary school pupil was the envy of her friends when she arrived at school in style in a fire engine.

Taylor Guttridge entered a Christmas card competition held by Cleveland Fire Brigade as part of a campaign to warn people of the dangers of fires in the home over the festive season.

The five-year-old, a pupil at Throston Primary School, created a card depicting the dangers of overloading sockets.

The design was put onto the brigade website with dozens of other pupils’ cards and then members of the public voted for their favourite.

Taylor’s card received a massive 39 per cent of the votes.

Her drawing will now be used as an e-card by the brigade when it sends out Christmas wishes and it also won her the cool ride to school in the fire engine.

The youngster was picked up from her home in Gower Walk, Throston, by fire crews and was then given a ride to school where she was greeted by her fellow pupils.

She was then presented with a framed copy of the card she designed, and a goody bag.

Phil Lancaster, director of Community Protection with Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “With the festive season upon us, we want to ensure everyone enjoys it safely. For this, people need to be aware of the possible dangers when it comes to fire and take precautions to prevent a tragedy.

“Taylor’s design is fantastic and it’s easy to see why it received 39 per cent of the votes. It will certainly help spread one of our key messages and possibly help prevent someone’s home going up in flames.”

The Christmas card competition was held by Cleveland Fire Brigade in conjunction with TFM Radio, as part of the Brigade’s Stay Safe & Celebrate Christmas campaign. This initiative aims to warn people of the dangers of fire in the home over the festive season.

Phil issued a number of tips to stay safe, including:

l Keep your cooker clean – burned food and fat can cause fires;

l Stand by your pan – never leave cooking unattended;

l Be a bright spark – turn off electrical equipment when going out or going to bed, including festive lights;

l Don’t drink and fry – if you have a festive drink don’t cook;

l Chuck out your chip pan;

l Don’t hang clothes near heaters or cookers.

For further information visit the Brigade’s website – www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/celebrate – where you can click on to an interactive house for more advice.