Oakville child to receive Fire Safety Award

    TORONTO, June 20 /CNW/ - Twelve-year-old Sidney Samborski of Oakville
will receive a Fire Safety Action Award from the Fire Marshal's Public Fire
Safety Council at a ceremony on June 28, 2007 in Toronto. Each year Fire
Safety Action Awards are awarded to young children and teenagers who have
actively demonstrated fire safety behaviours they have learned.
    On January 24, 2007, Sidney had just returned home from school and was
working on the computer in her family's living room. Her mother, Gloria, was
in the same room when they both heard a smoke alarm and both began to smell
smoke. Gloria panicked and called her husband on the telephone. However,
Sidney kept her composure and tried to calm her mother. When her mother
suggested an escape from the home, Sidney insisted on another route. They
needed to escape from the house through the front door, a few steps away. As
they moved toward the door, Sidney grabbed the family dog, Max, and a blanket
to cover his face, as he had a respiratory illness. Once outside, they called
9-1-1 from a cellphone.
    A fire investigation later determined that an electric heating pad,
plugged into an electrical outlet in the basement, had malfunctioned and had
been the source of the fire. The basement had been the temporary home of a
family guest.
    Sidney was taught fire safety lessons at her school Saint James Roman
Catholic School and during a day camp last summer. The day camp was hosted by
the Halton Region Health Department and the Canadian Red Cross and provided
lessons on life safety.
    "Sidney was able to recognize the emergency and stay calm," said Fire
Marshal Pat Burke. "She used information she had learned from fire safety
lessons to most likely save the lives of her mother and pet."

    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; 21 recipients
were selected. The Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
Monte Kwinter and Fire Marshal Burke will present the awards at a luncheon
ceremony at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.

For further information:

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

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