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Fireworks safety and reminders for Canada Day 2021

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little girls playing with sparklersKawartha Lakes – As we approach Canada Day, Kawartha Lakes Fire would like to remind residents of the importance of safety while using fireworks and best practices to ensure they can be enjoyed responsibly.

New restrictions surrounding consumer fireworks that are purchased at a convenience or retail outlet are now in effect. Those wishing to use fireworks for an event outside of the designated holiday schedule (see below) are required to obtain a permit from Fire Services. There is an online form available or you can call Fire Services directly at 705-324-5731.

Consumer fireworks for Canada Day are allowed to be set off without a permit, between the hours of dusk and 11pm, on the following days:

  • Wednesday June 30
  • Thursday July 1
  • Friday July 2

When using fireworks, the following safety practices should be in place:

  • Only adults who are aware of the hazards and essential safety precautions should handle and discharge fireworks
  • Carefully read and follow the label directions on fireworks packaging
  • Always keep a water hose or pail of water close by when discharging fireworks
  • Discharge fireworks well away from combustible materials like buildings, trees and dry grass
  • Keep onlookers a safe distance away, upwind from the area where fireworks are discharged
  • Children should use sparklers under close adult supervision
  • Fireworks may not be discharged during a burn ban
  • You must get written permission from the owner to discharge fireworks on property you do not own
  • Fireworks are not to be discharged on municipal lands without authorization
  • Fireworks shall be discharged a minimum of 30m from any structure or property line
  • Fireworks may not be discharged closer than 100m from a church, school, residential care facility or place where explosives are sold or stored

For more information related to the new restrictions or for more safety tips, visit the Fireworks section of our website.

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