TORONTO, June 16, 2014 /CNW/ - Christian Sparks and Chloe Sparks will
receive Fire Safety Action Awards on June 19 in Toronto. The annual
Fire Safety Awards ceremony, hosted by the Fire Marshal's Public Fire
Safety Council, recognizes outstanding contributions to fire protection
and prevention in Ontario.
Last December, the pair from Omemee had their fire safety knowledge put
to the test when a devastating fire broke out in their home. It was
about 4:00 a.m. on December 13 when their father awoke in the middle of
the night to the sound of the smoke alarms. He immediately ran through
the thick smoke to each of his children`s bedrooms, screaming at them
to get up.
Although scared, 14-year-old Chloe Sparks and her 12 year-old brother
Christian followed their home escape plan, keeping low under the smoke
and safely exiting the home. They immediately went to their designated
meeting place on the front lawn and yelled to their father to let him
know they were safely outside.
Their father had become separated from the kids in the dense, black
smoke, however when he heard them calling to him that they were safe,
he was able to make his way outside, along with the family dog. Sadly
the home was completely destroyed in the fire and was later demolished.
"In a fire situation, every second counts," said Ted Wieclawek, Chair,
Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council. "Fortunately Chloe and
Christian knew exactly what to do because of the fire safety lessons
they had received at school from the Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Service
and the Ontario Provincial Police DARE program."
Fire Safety Action Awards are awarded to young children and teenagers
who have actively demonstrated fire safety behaviours they have
learned. The Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council gratefully
acknowledges the support of its sponsors in this event: TD Bank Group,
Toronto Blue Jays, Union Gas Limited/ A Spectra Energy Company,
Technical Standards & Safety Authority - TSSA, Enbridge Gas
Distribution Inc. Proctor & Gamble Inc., Electrical Safety Authority,
CSA Group, The Co-operators Group, Kidde Canada Inc., Roxul Inc. and
The Home Depot.
SOURCE: Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council
For further information:
Carol Gravelle, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (416) 325-3138