How to have a safe and fun firework display this Victoria Day weekend in Oakville

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Published May 16, 2024 at 7:28 pm

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The temperatures are heating up just in time for the first official long weekend of summer and Oakville families will be itching to celebrate, and for some that means lighting the sky up with fireworks.

The loud, colourful explosions that paint the skies with everything from red, blue, green, and yellow often cap off the Victoria Day weekend celebrations and while they bring joy and smiles from all watching, safety should always come first.

There are plenty of steps you can take to makes sure your family and friends are safe around fireworks this weekend.

The Town of Oakville is reminding all residents looking to set off fireworks over the next few days that they are not to be discharged on municipal property, including parks and boulevards.

Here are some safety tips from the town you should follow if you want to light the fuse safely this weekend.

  • An adult must be responsible for lighting the fireworks. Fireworks and sparklers burn hot and can ignite clothing. Never give them to children.
  • Read and follow directions on packaging.
  • Keep water close by for extinguishing fires.
  • Discharge fireworks in a clear, open area away from buildings, trees, and dry grass.
  • Light one firework at a time.
  • Never light a firework in your hand.
  • Never re-light a “dud” firework. Duds should be left for 15-30 minutes and then soaked in water.
  • Keep onlookers at a safe distance and upwind from the area where fireworks are discharged.

Fireworks are only permitted between dusk and 11 p.m. on day of, day before, or day after following Victoria Day, Canada Day, New Year’s Day, or any religious or cultural celebration where fireworks are used to celebrate.

To report any concerns over proper use of fireworks such as on municipal property, unsafe conditions, or being lit up during days and hours that they are not permitted, see the Report a Problem tool.

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