Stay safe during Labour Day long weekend 2015 : Oakville’s Fireworks & Open Air Burning By-Laws

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Stay safe during Labour Day long weekend 2015 : Oakville’s Fireworks & Open Air Burning By-Laws
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Gisele Shaw

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Gisele Shaw is the Manager of Corporate Communication for the town of Oakville since 2002. Prior to working for the town she worked for Halton Region as a communications specialist. She is a graduate of Humber College.

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If your Labour Day long weekend plans include outdoor fires or fireworks, the Oakville Fire department is urging you to be considerate of your neighbours and take every precaution to stay safe.

“We recognize residents may want to enjoy the long weekend by socializing in the backyard around an open fire or using fireworks for weekend celebrations,” said Glenn Barwell, public education officer, Oakville Fire department. “If these activities are part of your plans we ask that you stay safe this holiday weekend and follow the town’s regulations.”

In Oakville the discharge of fireworks in public spaces is not permitted without approval from the town, and although store-bought fireworks are readily available the Oakville Fire department does not recommend their use.

The Town of Oakville by-laws regulate the use open fires and fireworks in a way that is intended to be considerate of the community as a whole. Recreational burning on private property in urban areas is allowed. However, if an Oakville fire official determines that a fire presents a hazard or is having a negative impact on others, the fire must be extinguished immediately.

Be a good neighbour and follow the open air burning by-law 2014-044 and the by-law to regulate the discharge of fireworks 2009-056 which can be viewed at


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Readers Comments (1)

  1. E. Kaplan says:

    One couple in our area regularly burn stuff in their yard-pit, generating a lot of smoke which travels to adjacent properties.
    Many people like to open their bedroom windows on the cooler nights; this is NOT POSSIBLE when these thoughtless people burn, for hours at a time. No one wants to breathe their smoke; this negates the whole idea of sleeping in fresh air. Calling the Fire Dept. seems a drastic step, but we may have to resort to this.
    PLEASE continue your public ‘education’ notices, All year: increase awareness and keep “telling” the offenders until they ‘get it’! Has been going on for years; enough!

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