Every year, consumer fireworks cause thousands of injuries and numerous fires. Fire Inspector Tracey LeBlanc reminds residents to exercise caution should they plan to purchase and set off family fireworks on the Canada Day holiday. Some important fireworks safety precautions are:
- Never set off fireworks during an open air burning ban.
- Check the wind conditions – postpone fireworks if wind is strong.
- Always have a supply of water nearby (garden hose or pail of water).
- Persons using fireworks must be at least 18 years old.
- Keep everyone at least 25′ from the fireworks firing line.
- Always wear eye protection when lighting fireworks.
- Light fireworks at arm’s length, then immediately stand back.
- Never hold a lit firework in your hand.
- Never take fireworks apart or modify them in any way – only purchase fireworks from a reliable source.
- Use fireworks as per manufacturer’s instructions. Incline fireworks away from spectators, combustible materials, and vegetation.
- Never give sparklers to children. Sparklers 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.
- Never lean over fireworks or attempt to pick up a ‘dud’ for at least 30 minutes.
- Keep all pets safely indoors.
- It is unlawful to set off fireworks on municipally-owned property.
By following these guidelines, you will greatly reduce the chance of injury and/or fire from fireworks. Kingston Fire & Rescue would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Canada Day.
For optimum enjoyment, the City of Kingston will have free Canada Day celebrations with fireworks displays at dusk in Confederation Park across from City Hall and at Grass Creek Park, both beginning at 10 p.m.