15 Fireworks Safety Tips for Canada Day
Whether it’s Canada Day or just celebrating being outdoors, fireworks are a part of summer fun for many. However, fireworks do come with an assortment of risks, so here are some tips to help keep you and your family safe:
- Know and follow your local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
- Read and follow all fireworks instructions.
- Don’t use fireworks in the wind (if it’s only a very light wind then make sure it’s blowing away from anyone watching).
- Find a large, clear outdoor site to launch fireworks from and be sure there is nothing flammable nearby.
- Have lots of water on hand (ideally a hose), including a bucket of water to submerge used fireworks, sparklers, and other related materials in (as they can stay hot for a while).
- One person (or only one person at a time if you’re lighting lots) should be in charge of lighting fireworks for maximum safety – all others should be safely back from the launch zone.
- Keep hair, clothes, and anything else flammable away from any sources of fire (and safety glasses and gloves are a good idea if you’re lighting fireworks).
- Always light a fuse at its tip (and use a long lighter to be extra safe).
- Don’t smoke around fireworks (in case of accidental ignition).
- Don’t point fireworks at people (and keep a 10 degree angle of ascent so nothing falls down on your head).
- Don’t light fireworks in your hand (most of us have become quite attached to our fingers).
- Fireworks without a base should be partially buried for safest use (at least half the length in sand or earth) and those with a base should be launched from a stable surface.
- If a firework doesn’t go off right away then give it at least 30 minutes before collecting it (and don’t try to relight or fix fireworks that don’t go off).
- Put used fireworks, sparklers, or related materials in a bucket of water to make sure everything is out when you’re finished.
- When you’re finished, do a careful check around to make sure there aren’t any remaining fire hazards.
If you’re in Toronto then check out the city’s Fireworks Safety page for additional guidance. Have a safe summer and a happy Canada Day!