Pozieres students learn all about fire safety
THE Stanthorpe Fire Brigade visited our school last week to tell us about fire safety at school and in the home.
After completing a range of activities we were all inspired to do our own research on this very important topic.
Did you know last year:
■ 1.6 million fires were reported.
■ 3430 civilians lost their lives as a result of fire.
■ Children face a greater risk of injury or death from a fire, with the risk to children under 5 yrs of age almost doubling.
■ 80% of deaths as a result of fire occurred in the home.
■ Homes with smoke alarms typically have a death rate that is 40 percent to 50 percent less than the rate for homes without alarms.
■ Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do.
■ Fires within homes are not bright, they are just the opposite. Thick black smoke quickly makes it completely dark and almost impossible to see around you, making it difficult to find your way.
■ Cooking is the primary cause of residential fires.
■ Heat from a fire can kill. Temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at near the floor and rise to over 600 degrees at eye level.
■ The risk of dying form fires in homes without smoke detectors is twice as high as in homes that have working smoke alarms.
■ Most fire related deaths occur at night, while family members are asleep.
IN science this week we have been studying what rust is and how it develops. So far we have discovered that rusting is a common form of corrosion, which occurs when metal atoms react with their environment. Salt water does not make a metal rust, but it accelerates the rusting process because electrons move more easily in salt water than they do in pure water. By experimenting, we are trying to find out whether or not different amounts of salt effect how rust grows.
LITTLE SCIENTISTS: Elizabeth and Paul Dixon study some rust.
Stanthorpe fire brigade members visit Pozieres.