HALTON HILLS, ON – Discharging fireworks to commemorate Canada Day is a practice enjoyed by many families. The Halton Hills Fire Department reminds residents of the rules contained in By-law 2004-0122 as well as a few safety precautions for discharging fireworks such as roman candles, pinwheels, sparklers and volcanoes.
Residents choosing to discharge ‘family fireworks’ should note the following:
• The discharge of fireworks is only permitted on Victoria Day and Canada Day.
• A fireworks permit is required for the discharge of family fireworks on any other day.
• No person under the age of 18 shall set off any fireworks, except under supervision and control of a person 18 years of age or older.
• No person shall discharge fireworks on land except his own unless consent has been obtained.
• No person shall discharge any fireworks in or on any highway, street lane, square or other public place. (The discharge of fireworks on Town-owned property such as parks is not permitted without first obtaining written permission.)
• No person shall discharge fireworks in such a place or manner to create danger or nuisance to others.
• No person shall discharge any fireworks into any building, doorway, structure, automobile or any other place where it might create a danger or nuisance to any person or property.
• Firecrackers are not permitted.
Those who fail to follow these provisions are guilty of an offence and if convicted, are liable to a fine as provided in the Provincial Offences Act.
Fire Chief Harry Olivieri advises, “Serious injury can occur if appropriate care is not taken when discharging family fireworks. If you plan to discharge family fireworks, follow the safety tips provided to prevent a fireworks-related accident. The Halton Hills Fire Department family wishes all a happy and safe Canada Day celebration.”
Safety tips when discharging fireworks:
• Carefully read and follow label directions.
• Do not allow children to discharge fireworks without adult supervision.
• Discharge fireworks only if wind and weather conditions do not create a safety hazard.
• Keep onlookers a safe distance away and upwind from the discharge area.
• Always keep a pail of water or water hose close by for extinguishment.
• Discharge fireworks well away from combustible materials, structures, trees and dry grass.
• Fireworks that do not have a base should be buried halfway in a container of sand or earth (unless label states otherwise) and angled at 10 degrees, pointing away from people.
• Light only one firework at a time.
• Never light fireworks in your hand.
• Do not smoke near the fireworks.
• Stay away for at least 30 minutes before approaching a firework that did not go off.
• Keep sparklers away from children as they burn hot and can ignite clothing; immediately soak spent sparklers in water.
• If someone gets burned, run cool water over the wound for 3 to 5 minutes and seek medical attention if necessary.
• Clean up fireworks debris when finished and check for embers or smouldering materials.
Between by-law provisions and measures to ensure safety, there are many things that must be done to be aware of and be followed to ensure a safe event. Chief Harry Olivieri suggests a better and safer way to celebrate Canada Day: “I invite all Halton Hills’ residents and friends to participate in the Canada Day festivities being held at Prospect Park by the Acton BIA. The event starts at 6 p.m. and concludes with a large public fireworks display put on by the Acton Fire Fighters Association. Hope to see you there and Happy Canada Day!”
About the Town of Halton Hills
The Town of Halton Hills, with a population of approximately 60,000, consists of two urban centres, Georgetown and Acton, with three hamlets – Glen Williams, Stewarttown and Norval and several smaller settlements. Halton Hills has long been recognized for its natural beauty, active agricultural community, high quality of life and proximity to major centres, including Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto. The Town is ranked as one of the top small communities in Canada by a national magazine.
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Halton Hills Fire Department
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