Kingston Fire and Rescue offers fireworks safety tips ahead of the long weekend

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null 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.

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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.

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