Community invited to Fire Prevention Week Kickoff on September 27, 2014

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Community invited to Fire Prevention Week Kickoff on September 27, 2014

Free BBQ, entertainment and fire safety demos for the entire family!

The Oakville Fire department invites everyone to have fun while learning about fire safety at the 15th annual Fire Prevention Week Kickoff event on Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oakville Fire training campus.

Enjoy exciting rescue demonstrations, Oakville Hydro bucket truck rides, the Teddy Bear Triage clinic and more.

“This great family event is an interactive way for all ages to learn about the importance of fire prevention, including maintaining working smoke alarms and practicing a fire escape plan,” Mayor Rob Burton said.

National Fire Prevention Week runs from October 5 to 11, 2014. This year’s theme is: Working smoke alarms save lives – test yours every month. Residents are encouraged to learn about the proper installation and maintenance of smoke alarms to keep family members and property safe.

“Most fatal fires occur at night when people are asleep,” said Gary Laframboise, chief fire prevention officer for the Oakville Fire department. “A working smoke alarm will detect smoke and sound an alarm, giving everyone time to escape.”

In addition to the fire safety presentations, other activities will include inflatable air rides, smoke room simulator, Junior Firefighter Challenge, a visit from Sparky the Fire Dog, and fire safety games for all ages. A free hot dog barbecue will be provided courtesy of McDonalds Restaurants of Oakville. Bring a refillable water bottle and enjoy fresh, free water from the water bar.

The Oakville Fire department’s training campus is located at 1144 South Service Road West. Free parking and shuttle bus service will be available at the Bronte GO station. Parking at the training campus is reserved for people with limited mobility or medical conditions.

For more information on fire safety and prevention, visit the Oakville Fire page.

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Community invited to Fire Prevention Week Kickoff on September 27, 2014