Fire Prevention Week Kickoff
This year's kickoff had the largest crowd ever at the event with over 3,500 in attendance. Hold the date for the 16th annual kickoff on Saturday, September 26, 2015, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oakville Fire Department Training Campus located at 1144 South Service Road West.
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.
2015 firefighter calendar
Tickets are now on sale to the annual Oakville Firefighters Charity Calendar Release Gala. Tickets are $35 and include a 2015 calendar valued at $10. Each page of the 2015 calendar features an Oakville firefighter with a future dog guide puppy. The gala will be held at the OE Banquet Hall and Conference Centre on Saturday, October 25th. Doors open at 8 p.m.. Tickets go fast, so get yours today. Email Oakville_firefighters_calendar@hotmail.ca for tickets.
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.
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.
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.