Enjoy the fireworks, but make safety first

Monday, June 25, 2012 – for immediate release

Enjoy the fireworks, but make safety first

Oakville Fire department reminds residents about fireworks safety this Canada Day long weekend

Music, food and fireworks are always part of Canada Day celebrations in Oakville. But rather than put on a neighbourhood or backyard fireworks display, the Town of Oakville’s Fire department encourages residents to enjoy professional fireworks displays held in town.

“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, but even better, we suggest attending a professionally-organized fireworks event.”

If residents do decide to make 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 Canada Day. Some displays require special permission through a permit application.

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

An adult should be responsible for setting the fireworks off
Read and follow the directions on label carefully
Keep water close by
Set off fireworks away from buildings, trees and dry grass
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 give fireworks to small children
Never throw or point fireworks at other people
Never carry fireworks in your pocket
Keep onlookers at a safe distance away and upwind from the area where fireworks are discharged

For more information, visit the Fire Safety and Guidelines page.


Media contact

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

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Enjoy the fireworks, but make safety first