There’s a few things you should know before lighting off fireworks

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Each year, hundreds of people are seriously injured or killed by the misuse of fireworks. With that in mind, Sault Fire Services, Phatboy Fireworks and SaultOnline.com have joined forces to make sure that if fireworks are part of your Canada Day celebrations, it can be a safe and enjoyable experience.

In this short, but informative video, you will see there are precautions to take when dealing with fireworks such as these tips from the Canadian Safety Council.

Purchasing:

  • Follow the laws and regulations regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Purchase your fireworks from a reliable source that sells products meeting safety standards.
  • Stay away from illegal explosives or firecrackers and do not improvise and make your own fireworks.

Setting Up:

  • Read the Instructions, this is worth repeating: read the instructions, cautions and warnings on each firework item.
  • Store unused fireworks in a closed box away from the firework being lit and do not smoke around the fireworks.
  • Set up outdoors in a clear, open space. Light fireworks on a hard, flat and level surface to insure stability.
  • Check the wind and have the wind blowing away from the spectators.
  • Spectators should be at least the safety distance written on the fireworks label away from the display, keeping special supervision on children.
  • Have a bucket of sand, supply of water and a working fire extinguisher on hand.

Fireworks Show:

  • Only adults (18 years or over) should handle the fireworks. If you are impaired (alcohol or drugs) do not handle the fireworks.
  • Light only one firework item at a time.
  • Wear protective eye glasses and gloves. Light at arm’s length and then stand back.
  • Never lean over the fireworks and keep hair and clothes away from fire sources.
  • Never attempt to re-light a “dud” or defective firework.
  • Never hold a lighted firework item in your hand.

Proper Disposal:

  • Sparklers should be immersed in a bucket of sand to cool down after burning out, as they remain very hot for some time.
  • Fireworks should be disposed of safely and properly.

We would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable July 1st Weekend and Summer. Happy 150th Birthday Canada!