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New restrictions for consumer fireworks use approved by Council

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Crowd of people using fireworksKawartha Lakes – This week, Council approved new measures around consumer fireworks use in Kawartha Lakes. The changes to the By-law will help to regulate use and promote safety awareness around when and where it is appropriate to set fireworks off. Consumer fireworks are Class 7.2.1 fireworks for recreational use that do not require a special license to purchase.

“Fireworks are often used to help celebrate special days or events and although they are entertaining, they are dangerous and require safety precautions when in use,” commented Fire Chief Mark Pankhurst. “With the new restrictions, we hope to reduce the amount of calls for complaints of disturbances to people and animals and ensure that safe practices are always top of mind.”

Under By-Law 2007-236, permits have always been required for all types of display fireworks (professional fireworks such as pyrotechnic) and for consumer fireworks being discharged in public spaces, such as a park. The amendments to the By-law require residents obtain a permit should they wish to discharge consumer fireworks on their own property for an event outside of the designated days and times outlined below.

The updated By-law limits the use of consumer fireworks without a permit to the following holidays:

  • Victoria Day
  • Canada Day
  • Family Day
  • Indigenous Peoples Day
  • Labour Day
  • New Years Eve

Understanding that celebrations may take place on different days, the By-law also authorizes consumer fireworks without a permit the day immediately before and the day immediately following the listed holidays. In addition, fireworks on these days will only be allowed to be set off between dusk and 11pm. Should residents wish to use fireworks outside of authorized days, a consumer fireworks permit for a special event must be obtained.

Obtaining a permit
To obtain a permit for consumer fireworks for a special event or celebration, residents will be required to fill out an online application form for review and approval by the municipality and pay the required fee. There is currently an application on the website for a permit to hold a public display of display or consumer fireworks that will be updated shortly to include the new regulations. Fire Services will require an application to be submitted 14 days in advance for a consumer fireworks special event application.

An online map will also be made available shortly where residents can view the locations of approved permits for displays of fireworks in their area. This is extremely helpful for those who have small children or animals, such as outdoor livestock, to be able to prepare themselves in advance for the noise and other circumstances.

The new By-law will be made available on the website by next week. For any questions surrounding firework use, please contact:

Fire Prevention Office
705-324-5731 extension 545

To report improper use of fireworks, please contact:

Municipal Law Enforcement
705-324-9411 extension 1212
Toll Free: 1-888-822-2225 extension 1212
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