Fireworks displays in your own backyard can be a lot of fun, but can pose serious risks if proper precautions aren't taken.
BWG Fire and Emergency Services suggests attending public fireworks displays hosted by a responsible organization if possible. If you still choose to have family fireworks or an informal neighbourhood display, please follow these guidelines:
- Only ADULTS should handle fireworks.
- Appoint one person to be in charge who knows the hazards and safety precautions.
- Carefully read and follow the directions on the packaging.
- Always keep a hose or pail of water close by.
- Set off fireworks well away from combustible materials like buildings, trees and dry grass.
- Light only one firework at a time.
- Never try to light a firework (or hold a lit firework) in your hand.
- Never re-light “dud” fireworks. Wait 30 minutes, then soak them in a bucket of water.
- Never give sparklers to small children. Sparklers burn extremely hot and can ignite clothing, cause blindness and result in severe burns.
- Sparkler wires remain hot for several minutes after burnout, so soak them in water immediately to avoid injury.
- If someone gets burned, run cool water over the wound for three to five minutes and seek medical attention if necessary.
For further information on fire safety and prevention, call the Fire Prevention Division of the Bradford West Gwillimbury Fire Department at (905) 775-7311 Ext. 4103.