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Burlington Fire Department offers safety tips for winter

The Burlington Fire Department is offering fire safety tips for the winter.

With the arrival of the cold, residents are reminded to help keep homes and workplaces free of snow and ice. “Having unrestricted access to your home in the event of an emergency is very important,” said Joe Wintar, Burlington’s chief fire prevention officer. “Clearing snow build-up away from hydrants, house numbers as well as vents on the outside of your home are a just few ways to stay safe during heavy snowfall.”

A fire hydrant in front of one home may protect properties on either side of a street. Wintar says neighbours should consider sharing the responsibility of clearing the hydrant, maintaining a one-metre clearance for firefighter access.

Residents are also encouraged to ensure house numbers are visible, especially in rural areas where there can be blowing snow. Checking in on elderly or disabled neighbours to help with snow removal is also encouraged.

Winter is a time of increased fire-related risks, Wintar said. “Many people don’t realize that some decorating materials can be extremely flammable. Consider opting for safer alternatives for lighting like battery-operated candles.”

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Deck the Halls with Holiday Fire Safety Tips

Protect Your Family with Help From the Ontario Fire Marshal

Before roasting chestnuts on an open fire, learn how to keep your family safe with holiday fire safety burning bright in your mind.

As part of the Holiday Fire Safety campaign, the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management offers simple tips to enjoy a fire-safe holiday season:

  • Install and test smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas of your home. Don't forget about carbon monoxide alarms if you have a fuel burning appliance or an attached garage.
  • Blow out candles before leaving the house.
  • Make sure everyone knows two ways out of your home. Develop and practise a home escape plan with family and holiday guests.
  • Ensure woodstoves/fireplaces/chimneys are maintained and in good working order.
  • Keep Christmas trees away from ignition sources.
  • Stay in the kitchen while cooking -- especially if using oil or high temperatures.
  • Designate a meeting place outside your home, such as a tree or a lamp post, where everyone can be accounted for.
  • In case of fire, call the fire department from outside the home, from a cellphone or neighbour's home.
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Milton pop-up shop to provide free winter clothing for kids in need

Milton pop-up shop to provide free winter clothing for kids in need

 

Nelson the Giant’s third annual kids’ winter clothing drive is partnering with Shoeless Joe’s restaurant and other Milton groups to set up a free pop-up shop for families in need on December 10th, 11th and 17th.

 

Milton Area Female Entrepreneurs, Milton Mompreneurs, Our Kids Milton Hub and the Halton Region Health Department will all participate in the town’s first pop-up shop, which will be located at Our Lady of Victory Elementary School.

 

Nelson the Giant is the fictional titular character from the story-song created by Milton anti-bullying activist and co-founder of Friends for Harmony, Sandy Gemmill.

 

Families can come in and “shop” for free items for kids in need. None of the items have a price tag; it’s all for the sake of families who can’t afford to purchase winter clothes for their children.

 

The clothing drive will also accept canned food donations, which will be given to the Milton Salvation Army Food Bank.

 

The shop will be open on December 10th, 11th and 17th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

 

For more information on the pop-up shop and clothing drive, visit www.facebook.com/NELSONTHEGIANT.

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Our Kids Network tells stories of three Halton families who have faced challenges and thrived

As the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family comes to an end, Our Kids Network is releasing personal stories of three unique Halton families. Their experiences highlight how families in Halton are meeting everyday challenges while also addressing the question of what makes a family.

Our Kids Network is a Halton-wide partnership of organizations and agencies serving children and youth. Director Elena DiBattista says that profiling the lives of these three families has already had an impact. “We knew we would learn things about their experiences in the community, and we know the power of a personal story,” she says. “These families are not just ‘numbers’ served by community agencies, they are our neighbours and friends.”

Each family has been through its own struggles and each has found ways to find help and push through to positive outcomes. Our Kids Network has produced a video of interviews of the three families, hosted by Bob Cowan of CHCH Hamilton. The video can be viewed online at http://bit.ly/13yRqi1

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