Leave Fireworks to the Professionals Says Fire Service

Leave Fireworks to the Professionals Says Fire Service
Fireworks can cause serious injuries and property loss 

June 30, 2011

To minimize the risk of injuries and property loss associated with fireworks this Canada Day weekend, the Ontario Fire Marshal is urging Ontarians to include fire safety into their weekend plans.

Quotes

“Fireworks are a fun way to celebrate the Canada Day holiday. Please leave the lighting of fireworks to the professionals so that you and your family can enjoy a happy and safe holiday long weekend.” - Jim Bradley, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

“Fireworks are dangerous and can cause serious injuries and property loss. For these reasons, the fire service does not recommend family fireworks or informal neighbourhood displays. Leave fireworks to the professionals. Plan to attend public fireworks displays hosted by your municipality or other responsible organization for the Canada Day weekend.” -Ted Wieclawek, Ontario Fire Marshal

Quick Facts

  • If you still choose to have a family fireworks or an informal neighbourhood display, check with your local fire department about regulations regarding fireworks.
  • Appoint a responsible adult to be in charge of discharging 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.
  • Sparklers burn at a very high temperature and can easily cause burns. Keep sparklers away from children.

Learn More

To get more information about fireworks safety, visit www.ofm.gov.on.ca and download the Fireworks Safety Tips fact sheet.

Contacts

  • Carol Gravelle, Office of the Fire Marshal, 416-325-3138
  • Bev Gilbert, Office of the Fire Marshal, 416-325-3178