Firework Safety

While the safest and best way of enjoying a fireworks display is by attending a public display, we know that some of you are more partial to informal neighbourhood gatherings or family fireworks show, it might be your only option

Remember that injuries almost always result from improper handling and a disregard to safety.

Purchasing:

  • Follow the laws and regulations regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Purchase your fireworks from a reliable source that sells products meeting safety standards.
  • Stay away from illegal explosives or firecrackers and do not improvise and make your own fireworks.

Setting Up:

  • Read the Instructions, this is worth repeating: read the instructions, cautions and warnings on each firework item.
  • Store unused fireworks in a closed box away from the firework being lit.
  • Do not smoke around the fireworks.
  • Set up outdoors in a clear, open space. Light fireworks on a hard, flat and level surface to insure stability.
  • Check the wind and have the wind blowing away from the spectators.
  • Spectators should be at least the safety distance written on the fireworks label away from the display.
  • Keeping a special supervision on children.
  • Have a bucket of sand, supply of water and a working fire extinguisher on hand.

Fireworks Show:

  • Don’t set fireworks off during an open-air burning ban
  • Only adults (18 years or over) should handle the fireworks.
  • Don’t handle fireworks if you are impaired
  • Light only one firework item at a time.
  • Wear protective eye glasses and gloves. Light at arm’s length and then stand back.
  • Never lean over the fireworks and keep hair and clothes away from fire sources.
  • Never attempt to re-light a “dud” or defective firework.
  • Never hold a lighted firework item in your hand.

Proper Disposal:

  • Sparklers should be immersed in a bucket of sand to cool down after burning out.
  • Fireworks should be disposed of safely and properly.
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