What is a Victoria Day long weekend without fireworks? With COVID-19 restrictions still in place, many municipalities are foregoing a public fireworks display this year. This could lead to more people relying on their own pyrotechnics.
To that end, residents across the region are reminded to not only play safe with these fireworks, but continue to abide by health and safety guidelines in doing so. That means you should maintain a safe distance of about two metres away from others not from your household, and make sure fewer than five gather to watch.
Fireworks should be used in clear areas away from buildings, trees, or other obstructions, and cannot be used on municipal property such as parks or roads.
Residents are also being asked to abide by the following precautions:
- Always purchase your fireworks from a reliable source.
- Read and follow the directions on the label.
- Only adults who are aware of the hazards and essential safety precautions should handle and discharge fireworks.
- Check the wind. Place fireworks in a bucket of sand and aim fireworks away from spectators. If the wind is strong, postpone your fireworks.
- Keep fireworks in a closed box until it is time to discharge them.
- Keep everyone at least 10 meters away from the fire line.
- Always keep a bucket of water or a garden hose close by.
- Never take apart or modify fireworks in any way.
- Never try to light a firework in your hand or re-light a dud firework. For dud fireworks, it is best to wait 30 minutes and then soak them in a bucket of water. Dispose of them in a metal container.
- Never give sparklers to children. Many people view sparklers as harmless fun, however they burn extremely hot, can ignite clothing and cause severe burns. The sparkler wire remains very hot following use and should be soaked in a bucket of water before discarding.
- Be respectful of your neighbours and mindful of pets.
In the event of an emergency to life or property, call 9-1-1.