Oakville Fire Department reminds residents to celebrate safely this Canada Day long weekend

Tue, 27 Jun 2017

If barbecuing and fireworks are part of your Canada Day celebrations this weekend, the Oakville Fire Department is urging you to take the proper precautions to keep your family safe.

“July is peak time for barbecue fires and we want to remind residents that placing an outdoor grill too close to anything that can burn creates a dangerous fire hazard,” said Gary Laframboise, chief fire prevention officer. “Fortunately, there are simple things you can do to enjoy a safe Canada Day celebration.”

Follow these tips for safe grilling:

  • Only use your barbecue outside.
  • Keep your barbecue away from siding, deck rails, fencing or vegetation.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the barbecue.
  • Open your gas grill before lighting.
  • Allow coals to cool before placing them in a metal can with a lid.

Fireworks and long weekends often go hand-in-hand and residents are also reminded to check with local fire departments about regulations. The Oakville Fire Department does not recommend family fireworks or permit informal neighbourhood firework displays in public areas. The safest way to enjoy fireworks in Oakville this weekend is to attend the Canada Day festivities at Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park where the fireworks are discharged by professionals