Reminders for Fireworks

With Victoria Day celebrations fast approaching, Caledon Fire and Emergency Services remind retailers and homeowners that there are responsibilities when it comes to selling, purchasing and setting off fireworks. The goal is to ensure holiday celebrations can be enjoyed safely by everyone.


Selling

Retailers can only sell fireworks during the ten (10) days prior to Victoria Day, starting May 12, 2017. All retailers must purchase a permit from Caledon Fire and Emergency Services at a cost of $179.00. Fire Prevention staff will be conducting fire safety inspections to verify compliance with the by-law and any other federal and provincial regulations.


Discharging

The Town strictly prohibits setting off fireworks on public property, parkland, parks, roads or sidewalks. Fireworks can only be set off on Victoria Day (May 22) and only then on private property. Discharging fireworks on any other day is in contravention of the by-law and is subject to a fine.


Safety Guidelines:

·        Keep sparklers away from children. Hot sparklers can burn.

·        Appoint a responsible person to be in charge.

·        Carefully read and follow the directions on fireworks packaging.

·        Always keep a hose or pail of water close by when discharging fireworks.

·        Discharge fireworks well away from combustible materials such as buildings, trees or dry grass.

·        Keep onlookers a safe distance away, upwind from the area where fireworks are discharged.

·        Light only one firework at a time and only when they are on the ground.

·        Never try to light a firework in your hand or re-light dud fireworks.

·        For dud fireworks, wait 30 minutes, soak them in a bucket of water and then dispose of them in a metal container.

·        If someone is burned, run cool water over the wound for three to five minutes and seek medical attention, if necessary.

·        If using wheel-type fireworks nail them securely to a post or fence and allow spinning clearance.

·        Be especially vigilant with children around.

To Obtain a Permit

Permits can be obtained at Fire and Emergency Services, 6211 Old Church Rd, Caledon East.


More information

For more information about Town of Caledon Fireworks By-law #2016-102 please visit caledon.ca/by-laws.

If you have any questions please contact Caledon Fire and Emergency Services at 905.584.2272 x.4303 or by email at fire@caledon.ca. Visit our website at caledon.ca/fire.

C3 Kids of Steel

Benson Steel & Royal Containers present the 17th Annual C3 Kinetico Kids of Steel Triathlon at Mayfield School on Sunday May 28th.  The event got started to honour Simon Whitfield after his victory in Sydney 17 years ago.  Since then nearly 15 000 children and adults have made it across the finishing line of one of our volunteer run events.

Key Facts:

*          17th annual Kids of Steel Race

*          Official name Benson Steel & Royal Containers present the 17th Annual C3 Kinetico Caledon Kids of Steel Triathlon

*          There is space in earlier waves of the day for adults (many parents are doing the race in the morning and their kids in the afternoon)

*          The event is Sunday May 28th at Mayfield Pool & Arena

*          Need volunteers to help.  Those who can volunteer email saara.naudts@icloud.com

*          The youngest 3-4-5-6 category can wear life-jackets and get help from their parents

*          Every person gets a finishers medal, a t-shirt, post-race meal and chance to win some draw prizes

*          The event is on a closed road (safe)

RELAYS

            For those who are busy and are not 3 sport people, there are RELAYS.  One swimmer, one biker and one runner.  The longest event is 400m pool swim – 15km bike and 5km run.  Younger athletes go shorter distances.

WEBSITE FOR REGISTERING:

Fireworks: A Reminder

With Victoria Day celebrations fast approaching, Caledon Fire and Emergency Services remind retailers and homeowners that there are responsibilities when it comes to selling, purchasing and setting off fireworks.

The goal is to ensure holiday celebrations can be enjoyed safely by everyone. Selling Retailers can only sell fireworks during the ten (10) days prior to Victoria Day, starting May 12, 2017. All retailers must purchase a permit from Caledon Fire and Emergency Services at a cost of $179.00.

Fire Prevention staff will be conducting fire safety inspections to verify compliance with the by-law and any other federal and provincial regulations. Discharging The Town strictly prohibits setting off fireworks on public property, parkland, parks, roads or sidewalks. Fireworks can only be set off on Victoria Day (May 22) and only then on private property. Discharging fireworks on any other day is in contravention of the by-law and is subject to a fine.

Safety Guidelines:

  • Keep sparklers away from children. Hot sparklers can burn.
  • Appoint a responsible person to be in charge.
  • Carefully read and follow the directions on fireworks packaging.
  • Always keep a hose or pail of water close by when discharging fireworks.
  • Discharge fireworks well away from combustible materials such as buildings, trees or dry grass.
  • Keep onlookers a safe distance away, upwind from the area where fireworks are discharged.
  • Light only one firework at a time and only when they are on the ground.
  • Never try to light a firework in your hand or re-light dud fireworks.
  • For dud fireworks, wait 30 minutes, soak them in a bucket of water and then dispose of them in a metal container.
  • If someone is burned, run cool water over the wound for three to five minutes and seek medical attention, if necessary

Practice Caution Around Waterways

With heavy rain expected in the coming days, the Town of Caledon is urging residents to be extremely cautious around waterways. 

 

Environment Canada is forecasting a weather system that could bring up to 70mm of rain to the Greater Toronto Area, beginning Thursday afternoon and continuing through Friday and Saturday.

 

“Our crews are on standby to respond if needed,” said Mayor Allan Thompson, “but we also ask everyone to exercise caution. In particular, please keep children and pets away from all bodies of water, rivers and streams.”

 

With local ground already saturated with recent rains, the new rainfall will result in higher than normal water levels and flows in streams and rivers.  Rapidly rising or fast moving water can create dangerous conditions.  Flooding on roadways and in low-lying areas is also possible.

 

“Conditions can change rapidly so we advise people to be extra cautious,” said Darryl Bailey, Chief of Caledon Fire and Emergency Services. “Wet roads are particularly dangerous so we advise drivers to avoid any unnecessary travel during the storm.”

 

Both the Credit Valley Conservation Authority (www.creditvalleyCA.ca) and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (www.trca.ca), which are responsible for managing the local watersheds, have issued special flood watch statements.  

 

The Town of Caledon, the Town of Orangeville and Dufferin County Emergency Management will continue to monitor the situation closely with the goal of maintaining public safety and protecting infrastructure in areas that could be impacted.

 

For news and updates, follow @YourCaledon on Twitter or download the Pingstreet app to get alerts to your smartphone (caledon.ca/app).

 

Heavy Rain Alert

Peel Reminds Citizens to Report Flooding in Homes and Take Precautions during Heavy Rain

 

BRAMPTON, ON (May 4, 2017) – With the expected heavy rainfall in the GTA including Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga over the next several days, it is important that residents, businesses and the community remain safe during this significant weather event. 

For safety and to reduce potential damage, the following measures are recommended:

·         Avoid walking or driving in flooded areas

·         Stay away from creeks, rivers and streams

·         Clear debris from catch basins near your home or business, as long as it is safe to do so

·         Call your local municipality at 311 (in Caledon call 905-584-2272, ext.4238) to report blocked catch basins or road flooding in your neighbourhood

·         Do not open any sewer manholes under any circumstances

“In the unlikely event that a resident or businesses experience flooding inside their property they should call the Region at 905-791-7800, says Anthony Parente, Director of Wastewater.” Our crews are also ready to respond to issues in anticipation of flooding and/or sewer backups,” he added. 

   

Regional departments and programs will continue to monitor the situation.

 

For information about flooding please visit peelregion.ca/flooding. For updates please follow the Region on Twitter @regionofpeel

 

About the Region of Peel

 

The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected community for life for more than 1.4 million people and approximately 143,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel’s services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter at @regionofpeel.

Emergency Preparedness

Natural disasters may be beyond our control, but there are ways to reduce the risk and the impact of whatever emergency we may face, whether natural or human-induced.

Emergency Preparedness Week (May 7-13, 2017) encourages Canadians to be prepared to cope on their own for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency while rescue workers help those in urgent need. By taking a few simple steps, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies.

It is important to:

  • Know the risks specific to your community.
  • Make a plan – it will help you to know what to do.
  • Put together a 72 hour emergency kit. During an emergency, you will need some basic supplies.
  • An emergency preparedness guide is available at http://www.caledon.ca/en/live/resources/fire/Emergency-Preparedness-Guide.pdf
  • Visit http://www.getprepared.ca or http://www.caledon.ca/fire for more resources to help you and your family prepare for all types of emergencies.
  • Caledon Fire & Emergency Services encourages you to take concrete actions to be better prepared. Experience has shown that individual preparedness goes a long way to help people cope better, both during and after a major disaster. Get an emergency kit now – it can make a world of difference.

Caledon Fire & Emergency Services encourages residents to stop by to learn more about personal preparedness at the following locations:

  • Bolton Canadian Tire Store Friday, May 12, 2017, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Bolton Home Depot Store Saturday, May 13, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m

CALEDON OPP CELEBRATES POLICE WEEK

CALEDON OPP CELEBRATES POLICE WEEK

“Working Together for Safer Communities”

(CALEDON, ON) – On Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, members of the Caledon Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police are hosting an open house at the detachment located at 15924 Innis Lake Road in Caledon East to celebrate Police Week.

In recognition of Police Week, we welcome the community to drop by and see the many ways the Caledon OPP are working with our community to make Caledon safe.

Some of the exciting features of this event include:

 a tour of the detachment

 the opportunity to mingle with our staff & meet some of our community partners

 speak to Provincial Constable Clayton Brown about civilian and uniform

opportunities within the OPP

 the chance to see where your fitness level stands, join Provincial Constable Rob

Readman for some physical testing that is required to become an officer

 a K-9 demonstration by Provincial Constable Vynny Hick at 1:00 pm

 check out some of our vehicles on display

 activities set up for kids in the Kids Zone

 a BBQ lunch

A community is only as strong as the people in it- who know one another and work together to achieve a safe, happy, and healthy place for all of us in the Town of Caledon.