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Symphony of firework safety

Jill Colton, staff writer

June 28, 2010 — So Canada's 143rd birthday is only a few days away! Not only is it an exciting time for our country, but it's a big event for fireworks! We all know how fun, exciting and beautiful roman candles can be, but there are things to be wary of when you're about to light one up.

Here are some tips offered by the National Council on Fireworks Safety to keep you and your family safe during sparkler celebrations!

  • 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

Remember that fireworks aren't toys and should be handled very delicately.

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