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Change Your Clocks and Batteries this Weekend

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Oakville fire departmentThe Oakville Fire department is reminding residents to change their smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries when they change their clocks for daylight savings time this Sunday, March 8.

“Nearly half of all fatal fires in Ontario occur because there are no working smoke alarms in the home,” said Deputy Fire Chief George Birtig. “Switching the batteries in your alarms twice a year – when the clocks change – is a simple and effective way to prevent house fires and keep your family safe.”

Ontario law requires working smoke alarms on every storey of a home and outside each sleeping area. As of October 15, 2014, all homes are also required to have carbon monoxide alarms. For added protection, the Oakville Fire department recommends installing a smoke alarm inside all bedrooms.

Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. Replacement times for carbon monoxide alarms vary from five to 10 years. Always follow the replacement schedule posted on each alarm.

Tampering with or permanently removing batteries from a smoke alarm is illegal. Failure to comply with the Fire Code smoke alarm requirements can result in a ticket for $235 or a fine of up to $50,000.

All residents should have a home fire safety and escape plan that includes the following steps:

  • Ensure all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are installed properly and working.
  • Keep all exits unobstructed and easy to access.
  • Practice two ways out of each room, when possible.
  • Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, the elderly, or others requiring assistance.
  • Identify a meeting place outside, where all household members can gather.
  • In case of fire, get low and move under the smoke to the closest safe exit.
  • Call 9-1-1 once outside the home using a cellphone or neighbour’s telephone.
  • Stay outside where it is safe; never re-enter a burning building.

To learn more about the maintenance of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and home fire safety, visit

Nominations now open for Oakville’s Community Spirit Awards

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Community voluneersThe Town of Oakville is once again honouring community champions who positively contribute to the life and spirit of the town. Nominations are now open for the 14th Annual Community Spirit Awards recognizing outstanding individuals, groups and businesses in eight categories.

“The Community Spirit Awards provides us with an opportunity to recognize a few of the many Oakville residents that contribute to Oakville’s livability,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “I encourage everyone to nominate and share the stories of those community champions who are truly making a difference in the community.”

Nominations will be accepted until Monday, April 13 at 4 p.m. in the following award categories:

  • Access Award, sponsored by MEDIchair Halton
  • Arts Award, sponsored by The Oakville Beaver
  • Environmental Award, sponsored by Tim Hortons
  • Group Volunteer Award, sponsored by the Town of Oakville
  • Heritage Award, sponsored by Genworth Financial Canada
  • Individual Volunteer Award, sponsored by Paradiso Restaurant
  • Senior Award, sponsored by Amica
  • Youth Award, sponsored by RBC Royal Bank

This year’s annual Community Spirit Awards presentation will be held on Wednesday, June 3 at Oakville’s Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC). The 2015 Community Spirit Awards will be designed by local ceramic artist and QEPCCC instructor Thomas J. Suh.

Nomination forms are available at all town recreation facilities, Town Hall and Oakville Public Library branches, or can be completed online. For more information about Oakville’s Community Spirit Awards categories and nomination requirements, please visit

Hundreds of free family-friendly activities across Oakville

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Family skatingThe best thing about memories is making them! Build your Family Day tradition with the Town of Oakville on Monday, February 16. The town’s seventh annual Family Day celebration promises tons of free family-friendly activities and events for all ages and abilities.

Participants can take part in a variety of classes including family-style Boot Camp, Basketball and Yoga, or discover Oakville fossils at the Oakville Museum. Families can also enjoy Storytime at select Oakville Public Library branches; get their picture taken on a Zamboni at River Oaks and Glen Abbey community centres; or watch The Last Polar Bears performed by Rag and Bone Puppet Theatre at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC). With the support of Tim Hortons, the town will also offer free swimming and ice time at participating pools and arenas.

“Our Family Day activities focus on the many benefits of leading healthy and active lifestyles and encouraging residents to take part in sports and recreational activities all year-round,” said Nina de Vaal, director of Recreation and Culture for the Town of Oakville. “There’s guaranteed to be something for everyone.”


Tour of Lights brings Christmas spirit to Oakville seniors

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Christmas lights
The Town of Oakville and many generous volunteers hosted the 45th annual Tour of Lights party last night to give 160 Oakville seniors an opportunity to take in the holiday light displays throughout town.

“This annual event for seniors is a great example of our community coming together to make the season brighter for many frail and elderly residents,” said Nina de Vaal, director of recreation and culture for the Town of Oakville. “Thank you to the many volunteers who donated their time to share the holiday spirit with others.”

This year’s event began with a refreshment stop and entertainment at Town Hall followed by a tour of Oakville’s brightest holiday light displays led by off-duty Oakville Transit drivers and limousine drivers from Ward’s Funeral Home.

The popular annual event is offered free for seniors, many of whom would be unable to see the holiday lights on their own.

Visit for more information about the town’s services and programs for seniors.

Christmas fire safety from Oakville Fire Department

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Christmass tree
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