School lessons on fire safety comes in handy for Grade 3 student

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Gurneev Channa receives a plaque from Brampton Fire Chief Michael Clark

There is something to be said about no education ever going to waste. Last week Gurneev Channa, a Grade 3 student of Homestead Public School, Brampton put her fire safety knowledge into practice when a small fire broke out in a porch light at her home.

Her 5-year-old brother was curious and wanted to stay and watch, but she new her family had to get out, meet at their pre-determined spot and have someone call 911.

The Homestead Public School student learned what to do in an emergency at school and at the Brampton Fire/Life Safety Education Centre.

To recognize her for her quick thinking, Brampton Fire Chief Michael Clark presented her with a plaque, along with a plaque for her school for their commitment to fire safety education.

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This is the whole purpose of educating children about what they need to do if and when they have a fire incident.

Her quick thinking and calmness is just the thing required by anyone faced with an emergency of this kind.

Gurneev displayed it all, she knew instinctively that, regardless of the size of a fire, everyone needs to leave immediately, stay outside, and then call 911.

Everyone should also have a home escape plan and a meeting place to gather outside. The Channa family met at a large tree in front of their home.

Her parents called her teacher the day after to let her know what happened and to thank everyone involved for teaching Gurneev fire safety.

It may not be a bad idea to review fire safety with young children from time to time. Especially now during summer vacation when so many children may be at home with minimal adult supervision.

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Fire Facts

  • Fire is fast: In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It takes only minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house.
  • Fire is hot: A fire’s heat alone can kill. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super hot air will scorch your lungs.
  • Fire is dark: Fire starts bright, but quickly produces smoke and complete darkness. If you wake up to a fire, you may be blinded, disoriented, and unable to find your way around the home you’ve lived in for years.
  • Fire is deadly: Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do. Fire uses up the oxygen you need and produces smoke and poisonous gases that kill.
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