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Fireworks safety during Canada Day celebrations

The 153rd Canada Day is here and there will be celebrations – covid or no covid.

To minimize the risk of fire and injury, we do not recommend family fireworks or informal neighbourhood displays, says Clarington Emergency and Fire Services.

Think of the dogs too!

However, if you still choose to have family fireworks or an informal neighbourhood display, check with your local fire department about regulations regarding fireworks, it said providing tips on how to stay safe.

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 well away from combustible materials like buildings, trees and dry grass.
  • Keep onlookers a safe distance away, upwind 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. 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 is burned, run cool water over the wound for three to five minutes and seek medical attention, if necessary.

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