News & Public Notices
Kingston Fire and Rescue offers fireworks safety tips ahead of the long weekend
June 27, 2013 -
Kingston Fire and Rescue is reminding residents to exercise caution should they plan to purchase and set-off fireworks on Canada Day. Every year, consumer fireworks cause thousands of injuries and numerous fires. Some important fireworks safety precautions are:
- Never set off fireworks during an open air burning ban.
- Always have a supply of water nearby (garden hose or pail of water).
- Check the wind conditions - postpone fireworks if wind is strong.
- Persons using fireworks must be at least 18 years old.
- Always wear eye protection when lighting fireworks.
- Keep everyone at least 25' from the fireworks firing line.
- Never take fireworks apart or modify them in any way – only purchase fireworks from a reliable source.
- Use fireworks as per manufacturer's instructions. Incline fireworks away from spectators, combustible materials, and vegetation.
- Light fireworks at arm's length, then immediately stand back. (It is extremely dangerous to hold a lit firework in your hand.)
- Never give sparklers to children. Sparklers burn extremely hot and can ignite clothing and result in severe burns and/or eye injuries. The sparkler wire remains very hot after burnout and should be soaked in a bucket of water before discarding.
- Do not lean over fireworks or attempt to pick up a ‘dud' for at least 30 minutes.
- Keep all pets safely indoors.
- It is illegal to set off fireworks on municipally owned property.
By following these guidelines, you will greatly reduce the chance of injury and/or fire. However, the safest option is to join the free City of Kingston Canada Day fireworks displays at dusk in Confederation Park.
Kingston Fire & Rescue would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Canada Day.
For more information contact:
Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116.
Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.