BALTIMORE — A powerful video on fire safety inspires a hip hop song with an important message. Now, you can create your own video and win up to $25,000 for your favorite fire department.
The song "Close Before You Doe" is about closing your bedroom door before going to sleep.
"I didn’t expect it to have the response that it’s gotten today, but really excited to get this fire safety message out," said Brad Tanner.
Brad Tanner of Howard County, known as Brad the Dad to many for his light-hearted and comical videos about family and being a dad to three girls, says the motivation is to keep families safe.
"The science is there, if you close your door before, if there happened to be a fire In your house that’s going to give you more opportunity to call 911 and of course escape," Tanner said.
To keep the message going, the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute launched a contest — and is collaborating with Brad to encourage others to make their own videos on fire safety.
If you have singing opportunity, if you do comedy, get your pet involved, send a short video under three minutes that explains fire safety.
The UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute will donate up to $25,000 to the winners favorite fire department to put toward fire safety education.
The contest will be open through August 31.
Click here to learn how to get involved.