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Leave fireworks to the professionals urges Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue

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Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue LogoKawartha Lakes – In a typical year, Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Service (KLFR) encourages the public to only attend public fireworks displays put on by trained professionals. However, with public fireworks events being canceled this year, KLFR is discouraging family fireworks or informal neighbourhood displays using consumer fireworks, recognizing that the likelihood of such activities may increase in the absence of public displays.

While fireworks are a common practice for July 1 celebrations, we strongly encourage people to find safe and creative alternatives for celebrating the holiday, such as glow sticks and homemade or purchased noise makers. Fireworks can be dangerous and unpredictable when used by consumers. Even sparklers, which are often considered harmless enough for children, burn as hot as 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit and can cause third-degree burns.

If you still, choose to have a family fireworks or an informal neighbourhood display in the City of Kawartha Lakes Firework By-Law 2007-236 must be followed:

  • Fireworks may not be discharged into any motor vehicle, building or structure
  • You must get written permission from the owner to discharge fireworks on property you do not own
  • 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
  • Fireworks shall be discharged in accordance with the manufacturer's directions
  • Fireworks are not to be discharged on municipal lands without authorization
  • No parent, guardian or person standing in the place of a parent with respect to a child shall permit that child to discharge any firework, other than a sparkler where the child is under the supervision of an adult at all times.

Here are some important safety tips to be followed:

  • Fireworks Guide Appoint a responsible person to be in charge. 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.
  • Light only one firework at a time and only when they are on the ground. Never try to light a firework in your hand or re-light dud fireworks. For dud fireworks, it is best to wait 30 minutes and soak them in a bucket of water. Dispose of them in a metal container.
  • Discharge fireworks only if wind conditions do not create a safety hazard.
  • Keep sparklers away from children. Sparklers burn extremely hot and can ignite clothing, cause blindness and result in severe burns. As the sparkler wire remains hot for some minutes after burnout, it should be immediately soaked in water to avoid injury.
  • If someone gets burned, run cool water over the wound for three to five minutes and seek medical attention, if necessary.


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