Oakville Fire launches holiday safety campaign

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Published December 1, 2021 at 4:49 pm

The Oakville Fire Department is wishing everyone a merry and bright Holiday season, but is also reminding local residents to be fire safe.

To help ensure everyone’s safety throughout the holidays, the local Fire Prevention team will heading out into the community throughout December to share tips on how to stay fire safe.

“The holiday season can certainly be one of the most enjoyable times of year, however it can also be one of the most dangerous times of the year for home fires,” Oakville Fire Chief Paul Boissonneault said.

“Our department wants you and your family to enjoy the holidays safely by being careful with holiday decorations, that cooking is attended by an adult at all times, keeping lit candles away from children, pets and combustibles, and ensuring your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarms are in good working order by testing regularly.”

The Fire Prevention team will be attending numerous events across Oakville, including the Oakville Blades’ Teddy Bear Toss Game Friday at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex.

Residents are encouraged to donate a new stuffed animal or to support the Oakville Professional Firefighters Association annual toy drive. The game starts at 7 p.m.

Visit oakvilleblades.com for tickets.

The Fire Prevention team will also have an information booth at Oakville Place from December 10 to 12. Join Sparky as he shares safety tips at the following recreation skating events:

  • Glen Abbey Community Centre,1415 Third Line, December 19 from 1-2:45 p.m.
  • Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, 3070 Neyagawa Blvd., December 21 from 6-8 p.m.
  • River Oaks Community Centre, 2400 Sixth Line, December 22 from 12-2 p.m.
  • Trafalgar Park Community Centre, 133 Rebecca St., December 29 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, 3070 Neyagawa Blvd., December 30 from 2-4 p.m.
  • Glen Abbey Community Centre,1415 Third Line, January 2 from 1-2:45 p.m.

Oakville Fire and the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council has also partnered with Sheridan Life Radio to promote fire safety among Sheridan College students from December 12 to 24, between 4 and 6 p.m.

The first listener to hear the message over the radio and send a message to SheridanLife Radio through Instagram saying “fire safety” will receive a fire safety prize pack.

For a safe holiday season, residents are asked to consider the following tips:

  • Go flameless and use battery operated candles.
  • If you choose to use candles, be sure to blow them out before you leave the room.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach and sight of children.
  • When using lights outdoors ensure they are rated for outdoor use.
  • Check your holiday decorations and replace frayed or damaged cords.
  • Test your smoke and CO alarms monthly to ensure they are working.
  • Develop and practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in your home.

For some new holiday-themed fire safety videos and more tips, visit the Holiday Fire Safety page on oakville.ca.

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