TORONTO, June 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Chantal Davison will receive a Fire
Safety Action Award on June 26 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.
When an electrical fire broke out in their London home, the Davison
family had very little time to react. The fast-moving fire had already
extended through the kitchen and the dining room area. With the house
rapidly filling with thick, black smoke, the family - including then
12-year-old Chantal, her brother, sister and parents - escaped to
safety by crawling outside on their hands and knees. Davison said "she
got down on her hands and knees so she wouldn't breathe in the smoke."
Davison had learned what to do in this dangerous situation through the
London Fire Department's elementary school fire safety program. She had
also attended the London Children's Safety Village in previous years.
Davison's mother Jacquie credits the early warning they received, to
safely escape, to working smoke alarms on every storey of their home.
The family had also developed a home fire escape plan so everyone knew
what to do and where to go.
"Knowledge can be the key to surviving a potentially deadly fire
situation," said Ted Wieclawek, Ontario Fire Marshal. "Even at the
young age of 12, Chantal put her fire safety lessons to the test in a
frightening incident she will never forget."
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: Technical
Standards and Safety Authority, The Co-operators Group, Kidde Canada
Inc., Home Depot of Canada Inc., Proctor & Gamble Inc., Domino's Pizza
of Canada, Electrical Safety Authority, Canadian Standards Association
Group and Enbridge Gas Distribution.
SOURCE Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council
For further information:
Carol Gravelle, Office of the Fire Marshal, 416-325-3138