Fire safety demonstrations, fun activities kick off Oakville fire prevention week


Published September 12, 2022 at 3:50 pm

There'll be BBQ, activities, displays and fire safety demonstrations for all ages to enjoy at the Oakville Fire Department's annual Fire Prevention Week Kickoff event. TOWN OF OAKVILLE PHOTO

Protecting your family and loved ones is paramount and the Oakville Fire Department wants to make sure local residents have all the knowledge they need when it comes to fire prevention and safety.

The local fire department is inviting residents to learn about fire safety and have some fun at its annual Fire Prevention Week Kickoff event taking place Saturday, Sept. 24.

The free family event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., is being held at the Oakville Fire Training Campus at 1144 South Service Road West.

Registration is not required.

“This family event is an interactive way for all residents to learn about the importance of fire prevention, including practicing a fire escape plan and other safety tips to protect your loved ones and your home,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton.

Fire Prevention Week runs from Oct. 9-15 and this year’s theme is “Fire won’t wait. Plan your Escape.”

The annual kickoff this year will feature rescue demonstrations, safety presentations and the junior firefighter challenge.

Other activities include a visit from Sparky the Fire Dog, inflatable air rides, a smoke room simulator, the junior firefighter water squirt, and fire safety games for all ages. Kids can check out the fire trucks, including antique ones displayed on site. RioCan Oakville Place provided funding for the event.

“We are excited to host the in-person Fire Prevention Week kickoff event this year, ” said Oakville Fire Chief Paul Boissonneault. “This event offers a great family-friendly setting in which to interact with Fire service staff to learn about how to prevent, detect and escape fires.

“Fire education, prevention, and community engagement is vital for a fire-safe community, and we look forward to an amazing turnout.”

Residents can enjoy a free hot barbecue hot dog, courtesy of McDonalds Restaurants and they are encouraged to bring a refillable water bottle to use at the water stations at the location.

Free parking and shuttle bus service provided by Oakville Transit will be available at the Bronte GO station. Parking at the training campus is reserved for people with limited mobility or medical conditions.

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