Bowmanville child to receive Fire Safety Award

    TORONTO, June 24 /CNW/ - Eleven-year-old Ryan Ball of Bowmanville will
receive a Fire Safety Action Award from the Fire Marshal of Ontario at a
ceremony on June 25, 2008 in Toronto. Each year Fire Safety Action Awards are
awarded to young children and teens who have demonstrated fire safety
knowledge by taking appropriate action to prevent or mitigate a potentially
hostile fire situation.
    Ryan was sleeping in bed and was woken up by a smoke alarm sounding at
3:30 a.m. He listened to the sound and realized it was coming from the smoke
alarm in the basement. Ryan wasted no time and immediately woke up his mother.
He then proceeded to his grandmother's bedroom to get her out of bed. He
yelled to his grandmother "Wake up, the smoke alarm is going off."
    Although Ryan took the appropriate actions to get everyone out of the
home and to stay out until the fire fighters arrived, a female sleeping in the
basement at the time of the fire was overcome by smoke and did not survive the
    "A fire can be a terrifying experience for anyone, especially for a
child," said Pat Burke, Fire Marshal of Ontario. "Ryan remained calm and was
able to get his family quickly and safely out of the home."
    Ryan obtained his fire safety knowledge at school during a visit from the
Clarington Emergency and Fire Services Fire Safety House. Students were taught
the importance of working smoke alarms and home escape planning.

    The annual Fire Safety Awards recognize outstanding contributions to fire
protection and prevention in Ontario. Fire departments throughout the province
nominated individuals and organizations for this year's awards; 17 recipients
were selected. The Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Rick
Bartolucci and Fire Marshal Burke will present the awards at a luncheon
ceremony at the Sutton Place Hotel in Toronto.

For further information:

For further information: Gina Pontikas, Office of the Fire Marshal,
(416) 325-3138; Janice Johnstone, Office of the Fire Marshal, (416) 325-3151

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