THUNDER BAY – NEWS – It is a message that may not resonate with everyone, but Thunder Bay Fire Rescue is hoping people will take greater responsibility for their safety around fireworks.
To minimize the risk of fire and burn injury, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue does not recommend family fireworks or informal neighbourhood displays. Thunder Bay Fire Rescue recommends attending public firework displays hosted by the municipality and other responsible organizations.
If you choose to set off your own fireworks ensure the person setting them off owns the property they are on or has permission from the property owner to do so. Thunder Bay Fire Rescue recommends following these safety tips:
- Appoint a responsible person to be in charge.
- Carefully read and follow the directions on the fireworks packaging.
- Keep a water hose or pail of water close by when discharging fireworks.
- Discharge fireworks well away from combustible materials such as buildings, trees and dry grass.
- Keep onlookers a safe distance away.
- Light one firework at a time and never light a firework in your hand.
- Discharge fireworks only if wind conditions do not create a safety hazard.
- Keep sparklers away from children as the sparkler wire remains hot for some time after it burns.