Anyone wishing to set off consumer fireworks for Victoria Day or Canada Day may do so on the holiday itself, or the two days prior to and the two days after the holiday without a permit. Fireworks can only be set off from dusk until 11 p.m. Fireworks cannot be used within 8 metres of any building, tent, trailer, camp, shelter, fence or vehicle. Make sure your fireworks don’t hit your neighbours’ homes.
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are exempt from obtaining a permit. New Year’s Eve celebrations involving consumer fireworks may be set off between dusk and 1:00 a.m. on the following day.
Who is affected by the misuse of fireworks?
We care about all of our community members and ask that you respect your neighbours when it comes to using fireworks. Some individuals can be negatively affected by the excessive or inappropriate use of fireworks:
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness that results from exposure to trauma. Traumatic events may include crimes, natural disasters, accidents, war, conflict, or other threats to life or safety. PTSD can make people feel very nervous or ‘on edge’ all the time. Many feel startled very easily, have a hard time concentrating, feel irritable, or have problems sleeping well. People with PTSD that have suffered a traumatic event involving sound experience trouble sleeping when fireworks are being set off. Learn more.
Generally, noise from fireworks can:
- Cause distress
- Keep children from sleeping
- Keep those with disabilities (mental or physical) from getting their sleep
- Aggravate pets
- Hinder those with fluctuating work shifts and hours from sleeping
Elderly individuals often have health concerns or trouble sleeping. Fireworks being set off at inappropriate times can increase their discomfort and recovery from health issues.
Fireworks safety tips
When used properly, fireworks are a fun way to celebrate the holidays. Follow these safety tips:
- Appoint a responsible person to be in charge. Only adults who are aware of the hazards and essential safety precautions should handle and discharge fireworks.
- Carefully read and follow the label directions on fireworks packaging.
- Always keep a water hose or pail of water close by when discharging fireworks.
- Discharge fireworks well away from combustible materials like buildings, trees and dry grass.
- Keep onlookers a safe distance away, upwind from the area where fireworks are discharged.
- Light only one firework at a time and only when they are on the ground. Never try to light a firework in your hand or re-light dud fireworks. For dud fireworks, it is best to wait 30 minutes and soak them in a bucket of water. Dispose of them in a metal container.
- Discharge fireworks only if wind conditions do not create a safety hazard.
- Keep sparklers away from children. Sparklers burn extremely hot and can ignite clothing, cause blindness and result in severe burns. As the sparkler wire remains hot for some minutes after burnout, it should be immediately soaked in water to avoid injury.
- If someone gets burned, run cool water over the wound for three to five minutes and seek medical attention, if necessary.
Visit Canada Safety Council’s website for more fireworks safety tips.