Pozieres stu­dents learn all about fire safety

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NIE PRIMARY PONDERINGS -

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.

Science Week

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.

PHOTOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

LIT­TLE SCI­EN­TISTS: El­iz­a­beth and Paul Dixon study some rust.

Stan­thorpe fire bri­gade mem­bers visit Pozieres.

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