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Consumer Fireworks Safety

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Consumer Fireworks are not toys. Consumer Fireworks are, in fact, powerful pyrotechnic articles and, for this reason, both their sale and purchase are regulated. The Explosives, Regulatory and Business Services Branch of Natural Resources Canada routinely tests fireworks and approves those that are safe to transport, store, handle, and use.

To ensure a fun but safe family fireworks display, it is important that the simple safety procedures outlined below are followed. 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.

Bury fireworks that do not have a base halfway in a container of earth or sand (such as a pail, box or wheelbarrow) unless the label on the firework indicates otherwise. Set them at a 10-degree angle, pointing away from people.

Wait at least 30 minutes before approaching a firework that did not go off. Never try to relight a firework that did not go off. Never try to fix a firework that is defective.

Choose a wide, clear site away from all obstacles. Refer to the safety instructions on the fireworks label for minimum distances from spectators.

Never try to light a firework or hold a lit firework in your hand unless the manufacturer’s instructions indicate that they are designed to be hand-held.

Keep fireworks in a cool, dry, ventilated place, out of the reach of children.

Read all instructions on the fireworks. Plan the order of firing before you begin.

Keep water nearby: Dispose of used fireworks (including debris) in a pail of water.

People under 18 years old who use fireworks must be supervised by an adult.

Use a good firing base such as a pail filled with earth or sand.

It is recommended that safety glasses be worn.

Light carefully: Always light the fuse at its tip.

Do not fire in windy conditions.

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