Oakville Fire crews visit newcomers

Campaign focuses on bringing fire safety awareness to new Canadians

Oakville Fire Department

In the wake of a Halifax house fire that killed seven Syrian children earlier this year, the Oakville Fire department is working with HMC Connections to spread the message of fire prevention among new Canadians within Oakville.

The fire department kicked off the campaign on June 21st at the Fortinos at 493 Dundas Street, and will be going door-to-door with their safety message from now until September 30.

Fire Department

Photo credit: Town of Oakville

“When a tragedy occurs, such as the one in Halifax, it is important that we do what we can so a similar tragedy can be avoided in our own town,” said Oakville Fire Chief Brian Durdin. “With this program, we hope to improve our outreach in the community and share messages of fire prevention, detection and escape to the residents who have made Oakville their new home.”

They have identified neighbourhoods with a known population of new Canadians for the home visits. The friendly and informative visits will have crews distribute fire safety information in six different languages and will provide residents with an opportunity to discuss fire safety issues with trained firefighters.

The campaign will focus on the need to maintain working smoke and CO alarms, the importance of home escape planning, and the hazards associated with in-home smoking and candle use.

“We’re pleased to be working with the fire department to help bridge the gap in information for newcomers when it comes to fire prevention,” Hanadi Almasri, Programs Director at HMC Connections said. “Many newcomers bring with them perceptions of the fire service that make them reluctant to interact or ask for assistance. It is important that they know the Oakville Fire department is here to help them.”

For more information about home fire safety, visit oakville.ca.

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