Fireworks Safety

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Fire Services CrestPeterborough, ON - To minimize the risk of fire and burn injuries Peterborough Fire Services urges residents to avoid using fireworks. With many professional firework shows being canceled this year, it is important to know that the use of fireworks is dangerous and can cause injury or property damage.

In Ontario there is an average of approximately 20 fires per year caused by fireworks, resulting in an average of approximately $640,000 in property loss per year.

If you still choose to have a family fireworks display, be aware that fireworks cannot be discharged on City property. Residents are also urged to follow Peterborough Public Health guidelines for the size of gatherings.

Here are some important safety tips to be followed:

  • Only adults who are aware of the hazards and have read the label should handle and discharge fireworks.
  • 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.
  • Do not discharge fireworks in strong wind conditions.
  • Keep sparklers away from children, as they are extremely hot potentially causing burns and eye injuries.

For more information and safety tips, see our video on firework safety on Twitter @PtboFireRescue

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For more information, please contact:

Amanda Nichols, Public Educator

Peterborough Fire Services