Be Safe this Canada Day When Using Fireworks

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Have you ever experienced the thrill and excitement of viewing fireworks?  If you have, then you know how great a show of fireworks truly can be.  Whether at a holiday display – such as those put on for holidays (New Year’s Eve, Canada day and Labour Day) or in your backyard, fireworks can be a thrill for all those viewing.

In Canada, fireworks over water are another nice way to view them, whether it be by a harbour, the ocean, a lake or onboard a vessel, fireworks never cease to provide amazement and wonder and a true showcase of color and sound. 

Fireworks, as amazing as they are to view, however, can be potentially dangerous.  Although it is recommended to view fireworks when put on at a venue, many still want to put on their own firework show.  For example, at a family picnic or at the summer cottage.

There are a few precautions that need to be kept in mind when purchasing, handling and discharging fireworks. 

  • Responsible adults (not children) should be in charge of handling and discharging fireworks.

  • Read the warning package and instructions for the fireworks.

  • Always keep fireworks away from flammable sources and away from things that can be easily ignited (such as buildings, trees etc).

  • Pay attention to the direction of the wind when discharging (you never know how far they may travel or where they might land).

  • The viewing audience should be kept at a safe distance away from the fireworks.

  • Make sure to have a first aid kit and water next to the discharging area in case of an emergency.

  • Never light fireworks from your hand (only from a ground source).

  • Never use fireworks indoors.

  • When discharging fireworks – be weary of loose clothing and always wear eye protection such as safety glasses.

  • Never attempt to re-light a firework that did not discharge.

Following these safety precautions may help to keep you safe when handling and discharging fireworks.  It will also help to ensure the safety of your audience and the thrill of viewing a safe show.

Enjoy the show!