Fireworks safety information

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The Fireworks By-law prohibits the discharge of fireworks except for on the designated holidays (Victoria Day and Canada Day and the day before and after those days), and prohibits the discharge of fireworks in City parks, and prohibits any person from discharging consumer fireworks (family fireworks) in such a manner as it might create danger or constitute a nuisance to any person or property, or to do or cause or allow any unsafe act.

If you are planning family fireworks or an informal neighbourhood display as part of your Canada Day celebrations , here are some important safety tips to be followed:

  • Appoint a responsible person to be in charge. Only adults who are aware of the hazards and essential safety precautions should handle and discharge fireworks.
  • Carefully read and follow the label directions on fireworks packaging.
    Always keep a water hose or pail of water close by when discharging fireworks.
  • Discharge fireworks well away from combustible materials like buildings, trees and 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, it is best to wait 30 minutes and soak them in a bucket of water. Dispose of them in a metal container.
  • Discharge fireworks only if wind conditions do not create a safety hazard.
  • Keep sparklers away from children. Sparklers burn extremely hot and can ignite clothing, cause blindness and result in severe burns. As the sparkler wire remains hot for some minutes after burnout, it should be immediately soaked in water to avoid injury.
  • If someone gets burned, run cool water over the wound for three to five minutes and seek medical attention, if necessary.

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