Oakville Fire department reminds residents to be good neighbours and stay safe during Labour Day long weekend

Mon, 31 Aug 2015

If your Labour Day long weekend plans include outdoor fires or fireworks, the Oakville Fire department is urging you to be considerate of your neighbours and take every precaution to stay safe.

“We recognize residents may want to enjoy the long weekend by socializing in the backyard around an open fire or using fireworks for weekend celebrations,” said Glenn Barwell, public education officer, Oakville Fire department. “If these activities are part of your plans we ask that you stay safe this holiday weekend and follow the town’s regulations.”

In Oakville the discharge of fireworks in public spaces is not permitted without approval from the town, and although store-bought fireworks are readily available the Oakville Fire department does not recommend their use.

The Town of Oakville by-laws regulate the use open fires and fireworks in a way that is intended to be considerate of the community as a whole. Recreational burning on private property in urban areas is allowed. However, if an Oakville Fire official determines that a fire presents a hazard or is having a negative impact on others, the fire must be extinguished immediately.

Be a good neighbour and follow the open air burning by-law 2014-044 and the by-law to regulate the discharge of fireworks 2009-056 which can be reviewed on the By-Laws page.