Canada Day and fireworks go hand in hand. What a better way to celebrate the independence of our nation than by lighting up the skies above it? But, as is the case with any form of explosives or flammable objects, there are certain risks that come into play that need to be addressed.
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to let professionals handle the lighting and fireworks displays. If you’re inclined to marvel at multi-coloured blasts of stars and sparkles dashing across the sky, I would attend the fireworks display at the Canada Day celebration in Wascana Park on Friday.
That said, if you do end up purchasing fireworks for personal use, take care when purchasing them. Make sure they are reliable and not expired…….and never – NEVER – make your own fireworks (from personal experience at a young age).
It’s also important to know and obey any municipal by-laws regarding the fireworks. Nothing ruins a celebration faster than an official visit and a fine from by-law officers.
Please don’t drink and drive this long weekend …have fun! and take time to remember how great this country is! oh and don’t forget the sunscreen.
Here are some tips to follow throughout the firework process, from setting up to disposal. I found these at The Canada Safety Council website.
- The first thing you should do is read the instructions and warnings on the fireworks. They exist for a reason.
- If you have any leftover fireworks, store them in their original package, in a cool place out of child’s reach, and keep them away from those that are going to be lit.
- Set up the fireworks outdoors in a clear, open space. Light fireworks on a hard, flat and level surface to ensure stability, ensuring that the wind is blowing away from the spectators. This reduces the odds of a spark or firework landing among the viewers.
- Keep a careful watch on any children who are present, keeping them away from the fireworks by at least the minimum distance specified in the instructions.
- Prior to starting the show, gather a bucket of sand, a supply of water and a working fire extinguisher and keep them on hand as a preventative measure.
- Avoid smoking near fireworks.
- Only unimpaired adults (18 years or older) should be handling fireworks.
- Only light one firework at a time.
- Wear protective equipment, including eye glasses and gloves. Hold the firework item at arm’s length before lighting it, then stand back. Never hold a lit firework.
- Keep hair and clothing as far away from lit fireworks as possible, so as to stop either from accidentally catching fire and igniting. For the same reason, never lean over fireworks.
- If a firework is a dud or does not work properly, never attempt to re-light it. Discard the firework and dispose of it using the below tips.
- Soaking fireworks in water before throwing them out will help prevent accidental ignition.
- Sparklers can remain hot for a long time after being lit. Dunk them in a bucket of sand while they cool down, until they’re cool enough to dispose of safely.