Oakville Fire department issues fire safety reminder for upcoming August long weekend

Mon, 27 Jul 2015

If your long weekend plans include a trip to the cottage, outdoor fires or fireworks, the Oakville Fire department is urging you to take the proper precautions to stay safe.

“A simple way to keep your family safe this holiday weekend is to ensure your cottage, cabin or RV has enough smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors,” said Glenn Barwell, public education officer, Oakville Fire department. “Remember to test them at the start of your getaway and at least once a month to ensure they are in proper working order.”

Fireworks and long weekends often go hand in hand and residents are also reminded to check with local fire departments about regulations. In the Town of Oakville the discharge of fireworks in public spaces is not permitted without prior approval from the town, and although store-bought fireworks are readily available the Oakville Fire department does not recommend their use.

Other important fire safety tips for the long weekend include:

  • know the telephone number of the local fire department where you vacation
  • know your cottage’s municipal address and location of the closest hospital
  • keep barbecue lighters and matches out of sight and reach of children
  • check with the local fire department regarding open air burning regulations

For more summer fire safety tips visit the fire safety page.