Enjoy long weekend fireworks, but put safety first

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 – for immediate release

Enjoy long weekend fireworks, but put safety first

Oakville Fire department reminds residents about fireworks safety

Fireworks and long weekends often go hand in hand. With that in mind, the Oakville Fire department is reminding residents to put safety first before participating in any neighbourhood or backyard fireworks displays.

“Fireworks can be very dangerous if used improperly,” said Michael Harrison, public education officer for the Oakville Fire department. “We strongly recommend that residents use extreme care and follow our safety tips if they are putting on their own fireworks display. Even better, we suggest attending a professionally-organized fireworks event.”

If residents do decide to stage their own fireworks displays, the town has a by-law that regulates the sale and discharge of fireworks. By-Law 2009-056 explains how and under what conditions fireworks can be legally used on private property. Fireworks can be discharged between dusk and 11 p.m. on the day before, the day of, or the day after Victoria Day, Canada Day, New Year’s Day and any religious or cultural celebrations where fireworks are used. Some displays require special permission through a permit application.

Residents who choose to use fireworks are encouraged to consider the following safety tips and reminders:

Only adults should be responsible for setting off fireworks; never give fireworks to children.
Read and follow the directions on label carefully.
Keep water or a fire extinguisher nearby.
Set off fireworks away from buildings, trees and dry grass.
Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
Light one firework at a time.
Never re-light a “dud” firework. Wait 15-30 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
Keep sparklers away from children as they get extremely hot and can cause burns.
Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
Keep onlookers at a safe distance and upwind from the area where fireworks are discharged.

Media contact:

Michael Harrison
Public Education Officer,
Fire Prevention Division
Oakville Fire Department
905-845-6601, ext. 2008

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Enjoy long weekend fireworks, but put safety first