Christmas fire safety from Oakville Fire Department

December 10th, 2014 Comment button No Comments »

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Oakville Fire is joining fire departments across Ontario today in support of the Ontario Fire Marshal’s “12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety” campaign to raise awareness of the additional hazards the holiday season can bring and the steps residents can take to stay safe.

“December is traditionally one of the most dangerous months of the year for fatal fires,” said Fire Chief Lee Grant. “We’re asking Oakville residents to be aware of potential hazards and practice fire safety at home to help keep the holidays safe for everyone.”

This is the fourth year of the annual campaign and the first year Oakville Fire will be using social media to share daily fire safety tips with residents.

“We want to engage with residents in new and fun ways,” said Oakville’s chief fire prevention officer Gary Laframboise. “The holiday fire safety messages are easy to remember and even easier to share.”

Day 1: Water fresh trees daily.

Day 2: Check all lights before decorating.

Day 3: Make sure you have working smoke alarms.

Day 4: Protect your family – carbon monoxide alarms are now required by law.

Day 5: Make sure everyone knows how to get out safely.

Day 6: Use extension cords wisely.

Day 7: Give space heaters space.

Day 8: Go flameless (use battery-operated candles).

Day 9: Keep matches and lighters away from children.

Day 10: Watch what you heat.

Day 11: Ask smokers to smoke outside.

Day 12: There’s more to responsible drinking than taking a cab home.

These tips, and links to more information, will be posted on the Town of Oakville Facebook page and on Twitter account @townofoakville starting Tuesday, December 9. Residents who share or retweet the tips will have a chance to win one of 12 home fire safety kits which include a smoke alarm, carbon monoxide alarm, and a flameless candle. One prize kit will be awarded randomly each business day (Monday to Friday) from December 9 to 24.

For more information on the Ontario Fire Marshal’s “12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety” campaign, visit safeathome.ca/12days.

Anti-bullying advocate Kirk Smalley to speak in Oakville

November 12th, 2014 Comment button No Comments »

As part of Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, November 16-22, the YMCA of Oakville will host an evening speaking engagement for parents with anti-bullying advocate Kirk Smalley at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18 at Oakville Town Hall.

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New Canadians sworn in at Oakville citizenship ceremony

November 7th, 2014 Comment button No Comments »

Oakville citizenship ceremonyTwenty-eight new Canadian citizens were welcomed today at a citizenship ceremony hosted by the Town of Oakville in partnership with Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Oakville’s newest Canadians come from 16 different countries.

“Becoming a Canadian citizen is a great privilege. We are proud that these individuals from across the world have made the decision to call Oakville home,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “On behalf of Council, I’d like to welcome these new Canadians to our town. I strongly encourage them to get involved in our community and contribute to our vision of making Oakville the most livable town in Canada.”

Judge Ted Salci presided over the official citizenship ceremony, which saw 30 candidates sworn in as citizens. The candidates were welcomed by Joan Gibb, representative for MP Terence Young, Alex Wellstead, representative for MPP Kevin Flynn, Mayor Rob Burton and veteran Andy Barber.

The town and the Oakville Public Library (OPL) offer a variety of programs and participate in numerous outreach activities to help meet the needs newcomers. These include recreational programs, library online resources to improve language skills, as well as workshops that assist children and teens with homework or a place to meet new friends or help newcomers build a career in Canada. The OPL also offers a growing number of print, audio, and DVD materials in languages other than English for both children and adults.

To assist residents who speak a language other than English, the town subscribes to Language Line, an over-the-phone interpretation service that provides interpreters in more than 150 languages. This service ensures that whether in person or by phone, residents will receive great customer service. In addition, the town’s website uses Google Translate, an online translation tool that allows residents and visitors to read the information provided in the language of their choice.

Have your say about public transportation in Oakville

November 6th, 2014 Comment button No Comments »

Oakville transit surveyAs part of its current service review, Oakville Transit has launched a new online survey at oakvilletransit.ca to gather feedback and suggestions from residents and workers in Oakville who do not use public transit. The survey will be available until Friday, November 21 at midnight.

The transit services review aims to identify operational efficiencies and service improvements that could be implemented over the next five years.

“The survey feedback we receive as part of the service review will be used to enhance our public transportation system, making it even more efficient and easy to access for riders and potential riders alike,” said Mayor Rob Burton.

The review is being undertaken by transportation consulting firm Parsons Brinckerhoff and includes input from transit customers, community leaders, major employers and the general public. The final report will provide recommendations for the operation of Oakville Transit’s fixed route, flexible and accessible transportation services.

“Our transit services review will help define how we design and deliver transit services in Oakville for the next five years,” said Barry Cole, director of Oakville Transit. “We’ve heard from our riders; now we need input from non-riders to learn where we can improve.”

There are two ways to provide feedback and suggestions before the November 21 deadline. Take the online survey at oakvilletransit.ca or send comments and ideas to transitreview@oakville.ca.

For more information, visit oakvilletransit.ca.

Ontario Kicks Off First Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week

November 5th, 2014 Comment button No Comments »

Ontario CO alarm lawOntario is kicking off its first Carbon Monoxide (CO) Awareness Week to talk about the importance of installing CO alarms to keep families and homes in Ontario safe. 

Carbon monoxide alarms are now mandatory in all Ontario homes.

This public education campaign, Beat the Silent Killer, runs from Nov.1-8 and is led by fire services across the province. They will be hosting events to spread the message and raise awareness about the dangers of carbon monoxide and the importance of installing detectors in residential dwellings.

Establishing an annual awareness week was part of Bill 77 passed last year, which made CO alarms mandatory in all Ontario homes.

Working with partners to increase fire and carbon monoxide safety is part of the government’s plan to keep Ontario families safe.

“Now that Ontario has mandated the installation and maintenance of carbon monoxide alarms in existing homes with a fuel-fired heating system or appliance, fireplace or attached garage, it’s up to Ontario families to be responsible for their CO safety. I urge everyone to get involved in Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week and learn how to protect themselves against this silent killer.” — Tadeusz (Ted) Wieclawek, Ontario Fire Marshal & Chief of Emergency Management

Quick facts:

Over 50 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning in Canada, including 11 on average in Ontario.

The Ontario Building Code requires the installation of carbon monoxide alarms in homes and other residential buildings built after 2001.

Review the following links for more information: Ontario Fire Code and Ontario Building Code.