Tue, 14 Jun 2022
Starting June 14, 2022, Oakville Fire crews will be visiting with residents in a door-to-door campaign to raise awareness about fire safety. The friendly and informative visits will help residents learn how to protect themselves, their families and pets from fire hazards, including carbon monoxide exposure. They will also provide guidance on emergency home escape planning.
The home awareness program runs until September 30, 2022, and will see fire crews visit more than 3,500 homes to educate residents and distribute fire safety information in English, French and the most common languages spoken in Oakville - Mandarin, Arabic, Spanish, Urdu and Portuguese. For information in another language, residents can call 905-845-6601 and request for over-the-phone interpretation, available in more than 240 languages.
Visits will take place between 6 and 9 p.m. on weekdays and 1 and 5 p.m. on weekends. Firefighters will be in uniform and residents are not obligated to provide them access to their home as this is a courtesy call only.
Ontario’s Fire Code requires that homes have a working smoke alarm on each floor and outside all sleeping areas. Carbon monoxide alarms are also required outside sleeping areas if the home has an attached garage, fireplace, wood stove or fuel-burning appliance.
This year, there has been an unprecedented rise in the number of home fires in the province, with 57 fatal fire incidents resulting in 77 fatalities across Ontario. View this video message from Fire Chief Paul Boissonneault on the importance of fire safety.
Fire safety is a shared responsibility, and the Oakville Fire Department urges everyone in Oakville to prepare, practice and stay alert.
Fire prevention and safety information is also available online.