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#BurlON for the Holidays – Dec 20-Jan 8

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017

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Santa Claus Comes to #BurlON

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Make your fire safety list and check it twice

Friday, December 2, 2016 – for immediate release

Make your fire safety list and check it twice

Oakville Fire urges residents to reduce risks of house fires during the holidays

The holiday season may be the most wonderful time of year, but it can also be one of the most dangerous when it comes to fire safety.

Statistics from the Office of the Fire Marshal of Ontario show that careless cooking is the number one cause of fires in the province and the second leading cause of fatal fires. That is why the Oakville Fire department is urging people to take every precaution to stay safe as part of its annual holiday fire safety campaign.

“The hustle and bustle of the holidays can dramatically increase your risk of having a fire,” said Fire Chief Brian Durdin. “All too often, these fires are started by unattended cooking and in many cases alcohol or smoking is involved.”

Residents are also reminded that it’s the law to have a working smoke alarm on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas.

“Over the holidays, I urge you to take time to test your smoke alarms, practice an escape plan and make sure everyone in your home knows exactly what to do in an emergency,” said Chief Durdin.

As part of the campaign, the Oakville Fire department is inviting hockey fans to Holiday Fire Safety Night with the Oakville Blades on December 16 at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex. The first 250 people in attendance will receive free winter gloves courtesy of Scotiabank and there will be prize draws between periods as the Blades take on the Georgetown Raiders. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, visit the Oakville Blades website.

For a safe holiday celebration, add these tips to your list and check it twice:

Stay in the kitchen when cooking. If a pot catches fire, don’t try to move it. Cover the pot with a lid to smother the flames and turn off the burner.
Keep things that can burn such as cooking utensils and paper towels a safe distance from the stove as they can easily ignite.
Keep an eye on anyone drinking alcohol and make sure all cigarettes are properly extinguished and the stove is off before going to bed.
Check sofas and chairs for cigarettes that may have fallen between the cushions. Cigarettes can smoulder among upholstered items for hours before igniting. Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers.
Drink responsibly. Excessive alcohol consumption is a contributing factor in many home fires.
Install and maintain working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms outside all sleeping areas of the home. Smoke alarms are also required on every storey. Failure to comply with the smoke and carbon monoxide alarm requirements can result in a ticket for $360 or a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals and $100,000 for corporations.

For more tips, visit the holiday fire safety page.


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Holiday Gift Guide 2015 – Gifts under $50.00

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Work Life Balance

Vacations, Long Weekends, or Holidays

We have to remember that we all have to take time to recharge our batteries. Let’s get rid of the stigma surrounding taking time for yourself. Although this might sound counter intuitive sometimes you can be more successful if you take a break and nurture the relationships in your life.

Talk to your spouse if they are interested in listening about your day. Talk for 5-10 minutes and then drop it. This may prove to be therapeutic because you have gotten any residual frustration out before it manifested itself into an argument. We interact with people every day, if you talked someone having a bad day, you do not need to bring that negative energy home.

You live once make sure it is how you want to live your life, no regrets.

I have been fortunate to be able to travel a bit and I have made memories that I wouldn’t trade. Take time and make those memories, you and your families deserve them.

Balancing work and life is important as it leads to

Healthy lifestyle
Healthy relationships
Improved mood, and quality of life
Reduce stress
No regrets
More Smiles

Don’t bother testing the old saying “something has got to give” or “bend till it breaks” share your strategy for dealing with stress and making time for your family.

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Oakville Fire launches holiday fire safety promotion

Tuesday, December 09, 2014 – for immediate release

Oakville Fire launches holiday fire safety promotion

Win a prize for sharing 12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety messages

Oakville Fire is joining fire departments across Ontario 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, 2014. 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, 2014.

Visit the 12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety page for more information.

For more information on the Ontario Fire Marshal’s “12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety” campaign, visit the Safe at Home website.


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