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Setting off fireworks safely

Fireworks will be set off across the country this weekend
Fireworks will be set off across the country this weekend

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

September 2, 2011 — Weather permitting, this will be a busy weekend for fireworks across Canada. The Weather Network has some tips on how to keep you and your family safe.

Most firework shows are weather-dependent
Most firework shows are weather-dependent

Many Canadians are expected to be shooting off fireworks in celebration of the last unofficial long weekend of summer.

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.

Be sure to check your local forecast details before heading out to watch or set-off fireworks this Labour Day 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

With files from Natalie Thomas

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