Oakville Fire crews begin door-to-door fire safety awareness campaign
Published June 15, 2022 at 10:41 am
With an unprecedented rise in the number of home fires across the province, Oakville firefighters are taking it to the doorstep of local residents to inform them how to protect themselves.
Oakville Fire Department crews are dropping by local residences in a door-to-door campaign to raise awareness about fire safety.
Already this year there have been 57 fatal fire incidents resulting in 77 fatalities across Ontario and the friendly and informative visits will help residents learn how to protect themselves, their families and pets from fire hazards, including carbon monoxide exposure.
Guidance on emergency home escape planning will also be provided during the awareness program which runs until September 30.
Oakville Fire crews will visit more than 3,500 homes to educate residents and distribute fire safety information in English, French as well as the most common languages spoken in Oakville – Mandarin, Arabic, Spanish, Urdu and Portuguese.
Fire Chief, Paul Boissonneault, talks about Oakville's Home Awareness program. This program starts June 14 and runs until September 30, 2022. Crews will be going door-to-door, discussing the importance of having working smoke and CO alarms in the home.#OFDPride #FireSafety pic.twitter.com/GQtGSQpYYM
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For information in another language, residents can call 905-845-6601 and request for over-the-phone interpretation, available in more than 240 languages.
Visits will take place between 6 to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends. Firefighters will be in uniform and with this being a courtesy call residents are not obligated to provide them access to their home.
Ontario’s Fire Code requires that homes have a working smoke alarm on each floor and outside all sleeping areas.
Carbon monoxide alarms are also required outside sleeping areas if the home has an attached garage, fireplace, wood stove or fuel-burning appliance.
The Oakville Fire Departmen says fire safety is a shared responsibility and is urging everyone in Oakville to prepare, practice and stay alert.insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising