TORONTO, June 16, 2014 /CNW/ - Alex Korchuk will receive a Fire Safety
Action Award 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
Last December, seven-year-old Alex Korchuk was asleep in his home in
Picton, when he was awakened by the sound of a smoke alarm. He ran to
his father's bedroom and roused him from sleep, telling him the smoke
alarms were sounding and there was smoke everywhere. His father ran to
the recreation room and found the wall unit on fire and the main floor
full of smoke.
His father told Alex to wake up his two older brothers and take them to
the mudroom. Alex ran to each of his brothers' bedrooms and told them
there was a fire. He led them to the mudroom, where they waited while
their father extinguished the fire and called the fire department.
Alex remained calm and brave throughout this frightening incident. He
had learned what to do during a fire situation in his Grade 2 class
just a few months earlier. His brothers had also learned about home
escape planning at school and the family had discussed what to do if a
fire were to occur.
"Although the house suffered some fire and smoke damage, the family was
able to return home a week later," said Ted Wieclawek, Chair, Fire
Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council. "Because of Alex's quick actions
and fire safety knowledge, the damage was relatively minor and, most
importantly, everyone safely escaped."
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 email@example.com