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.
Smoke alarms and CO alarms save lives.
It is the law in Ontario to have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in your house and cottage.
Open Air Burning
Under the by-law, smoke and odour from an outdoor fireplace or fire pit cannot interfere with neighbours' ability to enjoy their property. Fire crews will respond to complaints and fire safety violations; extinguish the offending fire and educate the resident about the by-law requirements for open air burning. Recreational burning is a privilege, any 'no' answer on the checklist (98.3 kB) requires the extinguishing of the fire.
After two violations of the by-law, the property owner will be charged a fee of $410 for each Fire department response.
Summer grilling safety tips
- Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
- Grills should be placed well away from the home and deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year.
- A light soap and water solution applied to the hose is a great way to check for leaks. If you detect a leak turn the gas tank and grill off. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call 911.
- Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before igniting.
- If you smell gas while cooking, immediately move away from the grill and call 911. Do not move the grill.
- If the flames go out for any reason, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 15 minutes before re-lighting it.
- Keep your grill clean by regularly removing grease or fat build-up from the grates and trays below.
Charcoal grill safety tips
- Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
- If you use starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid.
- Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquid to the flames.
- Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
- Electric charcoal starters do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
- When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container with a lid.
Safe storage of 9V and other household batteries
It is possible for a battery to short out and become an ignition source if both terminals come in contact with an electrical conductor (i.e. battery, paper clip, steel wool, etc.). There is more of a concern with 9V batteries over other household battery types (AA or AAA types) because both terminals are at the same end and can be more easily bridged with conducting material.
- Store batteries in a dry place at room temperature, preferably inside their original packaging.
- Cover the contact point ends of all loose batteries with a piece of electrical tape to prevent the potential occurrence of fire.
- Do not dispose of batteries with household waste or throw batteries into a fire (they could explode).
For information about recycling your batteries, please visit the Garbage and Recycling page.
2014 firefighter calendar
2014 calendars are still on sale. You can purchase calendars at the Fire Administration office located in Town Hall, order them online for pick-up or have them shipped to your address. 100 per cent of every calendar sale is donated to charity. The calendar supports the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, Oakville Trafalgar Hospital Foundation, Ian Anderson House Foundation and OPFFA Sponsorship Fund. The 2013 calendar raised $61,000 for local charities.
Each page of the 2015 calendar will feature an Oakville Firefighter with a future dog guide puppy.