Call 911 in an emergency such as a fire or other life threatening situation.
For after-hours non-emergency fire inquiries, call 905-637-8253.
Stay Warm and Safe
Prevent Heating Equipment Fires
The leading causes of heating equipment fires are:
- Fireplace/fireplace inserts
How do you prevent a heating fire?
- Have your heating system and chimneys inspected and cleaned annually by a qualified service technician.
- Ensure all outside heating vents are not blocked.
- Ensure woodstoves, fireplaces and fireplace inserts are installed by a qualified technician according to manufacturer's instructions.
- Always use a fire screen around the fireplace.
- Allow asshes from your woodstove or fireplace to cool before emptying them into a metal container wihta tight-fitting lid. Keep the container outside.
All homes with a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage must have a working carbon monoxide alarm installed outside all sleeping areas
Carbon Monoxide Awareness
Beat the Silent Killer - Stay safe from carbon monoxide.
Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms wear out.
- Smoke alarms wear out after 10 years, carbon monoxide alarms may be less
- You must install a carbon monoxide alarm adjacent to all sleeping areas if your home has fuel-burning appliance, a fireplace oa an attached garage.
- Always follow manufacturer's instructions when instaling or replacing your alarms.
Oakville Fire department recommends hiring a licensed electrical contractor. To find one in your area visit the Electrical Safety Authority website.
It is the law in Ontario to have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in your house and cottage. The mandatory CO Law enforcement date for residential buildings with less than six suites was April 15, 2015.
Many Ontario households have on average 4 to 6 fuel-burning appliances that produce carbon monoxide. Open the carbon monoxide safety checklist (pdf 122 kB).
Smoke alarms save lives
Working smoke alarms save lives: test yours every month.
Check out these videos:
- Safe at Home video that compares how long it takes for old and new alarms to sound in identical conditions.
- Sparky the Fire Dog shows you how to find the age of a smoke alarm.
Get Out & Stay Out
Fire and smoke spread so quickly, the fire department may not arrive in time to save you in a fire.
When the smoke alarms sound, get out immediately and call 9-1-1 from outside. Never re-enter a burning building. Develop a home fire escape plan today, it could save your life tonight!
Contact our fire prevention division at 905-338-4404 or visit our Fire Safety and Guidelines page for more information on planning your escape.
Town of Oakville Fire Master Plan
Oakville Fire Department is developing a Fire Master Plan to ensure that fire services meet the needs of our growing community. This plan will guide the town's fire department for the next five to ten years in providing effective and efficient fire protection and emergency services.