Setting off fireworks safely this weekend
Most firework shows are weather-dependent
It's often referred to as the "unofficial start of summer." And with the holiday weekend
almost here, you can bet Canadians are planning to set off fireworks in their neighbourhoods.
However, in addition to paying attention to city by-laws and firebans, people should also pay close attention to the weather conditions. Mark Fine is with Air Magic in Toronto, and he says the forecast is important when it comes to fireworks.
“[They] can be shot when it's cloudy, or cool, or cold, or if there's even a little bit of drizzle in the air. But if the winds are high it will take the projectiles and take them to places we don't want them to go and possibly take burning material somewhere it shouldn't be,” Fine explains.
You should also ensure that conditions are not too dry in your area, as fireworks could spark wildfires. Be sure to check your local forecast details
before heading out to watch or set off fireworks this holiday long weekend.
Here are some tips offered by the National Council on Fireworks Safety to keep you and your family safe:
- Purchase your fireworks from a reliable source and keep away from illegal explosives.
- Choose a clear, open area to light them.
- Always follow the label directions
- Have an adult present to light them. Fireworks are meant for outdoor environments only.
- Always have water handy when lighting fireworks (ie: a garden hose) You can also use sand in a bucket if need be to put them out.
- Never make your own fireworks.
- Only light one at a time.
- Never attempt to re-light fireworks that have misfired (duds).
- Wait 30 minutes and then place them in a bucket of water.
- Never throw/point fireworks at other people.
- Don't carry sparklers in your pocket.
- The shooter should always wear protective eye glasses or protection for their hands