Canadians enjoy fireworks to highlight special occasions such as national holidays or to mark the beginning of a new year. For a safe and memorable experience, it is important to follow laws and simple safety guidelines. The Government of Canada has set high standards and does extensive testing to ensure only quality fireworks are available.
The three things you should always know before buying, storing or using consumer fireworks are: Know the laws, know your space, and read all instructions. Everyone can enjoy consumer fireworks displays, but fireworks must only be used by adults. You must be at least 18 years old to buy, store, and use consumer fireworks. The federal government has created laws governing fireworks that apply throughout the country. Additionally, many provinces, cities, and municipalities have set their own restrictions on when and where fireworks may be enjoyed. It is important that you read and respect your local laws.
Be responsible when transporting fireworks to ensure they are not damaged. At home, make sure they are stored in a secure manner, inaccessible to curious children; and at a safe distance from flammable substances. Only use fireworks outside. Know the location of use and its limitations before buying your fireworks. Choose a clear, open area away from buildings and vehicles. Refer to the safety instructions on the fireworks label for minimum stand-off distances for you and spectators. Make sure you look up and ensure there are no overhead obstructions in range of your fireworks. Know how your fireworks will act and work in your space and read all the instructions before you start the show. Once they are lit they can't be turned off! Take your time and follow the set-up instructions for each firework which are found on its label. Ensure to set up your fireworks securely on firm ground. Always have a charged hose or a bucket of water close by. Always supervise children around sparklers. Many people consider sparklers to be "child safe" but they burn at very high temperatures and can easily ignite clothing or cause injury. Before starting your show, ensure that the wind is blowing away from any spectators. Make sure any nearby brush and grass are not dry or easily ignited by stray sparks.
Remember - know the laws of your area; read the instructions on the fireworks packaging; and set up your space to maximize safety. Oh, and after the show is over, dispose of fireworks packaging in a safe manner. Ensure there are no smoldering remnants that could cause a fire. Enjoy the show.