Fireworks

Family fireworks should only be used in clear areas, away from other structures and dry vegetation; never on streets or public property.

Pay close attention to these safety guidelines for using fireworks:

  • Purchase your fireworks from a reliable source.
  • Always read and follow the label directions.
  • Check the wind. Place fireworks in a bucket of sand and incline fireworks to go away from spectators (postpone fireworks if winds are strong).
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box. Remove them one at a time and close the lid.
  • Keep everyone at least 10 metres away from the fireworks firing line.
  • Keep all pets safely indoors.
  • Persons using fireworks must be at least 18 years old.
  • Only use fireworks outdoors.
  • Always have water handy (a garden hose or bucket).
  • Never set off fireworks during an open air burning ban.
  • Never experiment or make your own fireworks.
  • Never take fireworks apart or modify them in any way.
  • Light only one firework at a time. Wear eye protection and gloves while lighting fireworks.
  • Light fireworks at arm's length, then immediately stand back.
  • Never lean over fireworks or attempt to pick up a "dud" for at least 30 minutes (Never re-light a "dud" firework).
  • Never give sparklers to children. Sparklers have been considered to be harmless fun. However, they burn extremely hot and can ignite clothing, and result in severe burns and/or eye injuries. The sparkler wire remains very hot after burnout and should be soaked in a bucket of water before discarding.
  • Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then disposing of them in your trash can.
  • Always put discarded sparklers into a bucket of water.
  • Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
  • Never hold a lit firework in your hand.

Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.