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Fireworks Safety

As we approach Canada Day, fireworks safety is important if you plan to have a family fireworks display to celebrate, please follow these safety tips:

  • 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 away from combustible materials like buildings, trees and dry grass.
  • Ensure onlookers are a safe distance away, away 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 and 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.

For more information on fireworks safety, please read the Fireworks Safety Tip Sheet. Remember that fireworks are not permitted in Town recreational spaces, like parks or sport fields.