TORONTO, June 29 /CNW/ - To minimize the risk of fire and burn injuries
caused by fireworks this Canada Day weekend, Ontario Fire Marshal Pat Burke is
urging Ontario residents to attend fireworks displays hosted by their local
"Many municipalities host fireworks displays with experts who are trained
to handle and discharge fireworks safely," says Burke. "For everyone else,
fireworks can be extremely dangerous. For this reason, family fireworks or
informal neighbourhood displays are not recommended."
For those still choosing to have family fireworks or informal
neighbourhood displays, the Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) has developed a
Fireworks Safety Tips sheet. Important safety precautions such as carefully
reading and following the directions on fireworks packaging, keeping a water
hose or pail of water available, never giving sparklers to young children and
appointing one adult to be in charge of discharging fireworks are some of the
OFM's tips to ensure fireworks are safe for everyone.
Other important fireworks safety tips include: discharging fireworks in
an open area away from buildings, trees and dry grass; lighting only one
firework at a time; never trying to light a firework in your hand and keeping
onlookers a safe distance away.
"Canada Day is a time for celebration, not tragedy," continued Burke.
"The best way to enjoy fireworks is to attend one of the many spectacular
displays hosted by municipalities throughout Ontario."
The Fireworks Safety Tips sheet may be viewed and/or saved from the OFM
Web site at: www.ofm.gov.on.ca.
Fireworks Safety Tips
From the Office of the Fire Marshal
- To minimize the risk of fire and burn injury, the fire service does
not recommend family fireworks or informal neighbourhood displays.
- The fire service recommends attending public fireworks displays
hosted by your municipality or other responsible organization.
- If you still choose to have a family fireworks or an informal
neighbourhood display, check with your local fire department about
regulations regarding fireworks. Here are some important safety tips
to be followed:
- 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
- Always keep a water hose or pail of water close by when
- 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
- Discharge fireworks only if wind conditions do not create a safety
- 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 gets burned, run cool water over the wound for three to
five minutes and seek medical attention, if necessary.
Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal, Copyright 2007
For further information:
For further information: or to request an interview with the Fire
Marshal, contact: Carol Gravelle, Office of the Fire Marshal, (416) 325-3138;
Bev Gilbert, Office of the Fire Marshal, (416) 325-3178