Fireworks Safety

Purchasing and using fireworks is a privilege in Canada, and part of that privilege is using and handling them safety and responsibly. Following these safety tips will not only help ensure a safe and fun fireworks display for you and your family and friends, but also ensure that we retain the privilege of family (or consumer) fireworks for years to come.

Fireworks Safety Tips

  • All users of fireworks should be over the age of 18. Minors should not be in the "danger zone" while fireworks are being used.
  • Always read and understand the instructions on each item before using it.
  • Never smoke near fireworks, especially never while using them.
  • Only light one item  at a time.
  • Always angle fireworks away from your face and body.
  • Never hold fireworks in your hand when lighting them.
  • Make sure your spectators are at a safe distance, as indicated in the directions printed on each item. When using multiple items always use the largest distance as your guide.
  • Do not attempt to re-light a "dud". If a firework fails to function correctly, wait 30 minutes, and dispose of it properly.
  • Always wear proper personal protective equipment. Eye protection and hearing protection are essential gear for lighting fireworks.
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry location.
  • Avoid storing fireworks in a dwelling. The max amount of fireworks you can store in a dwelling is 10kg (gross weight). If you have more than 10kg, you must store them in a seperate locked building.
  • Check the instrudtions for any special handling insutructions.
  • Fireworks should be kept away from children and minors. If neccessary, place fireworks in a locked room, building, or container.
  • Do not transport fireworks in the passenger compartment of a vehicle.
  • Always transport fireworks in a seperate compartment such as a trunk or enclosed truck box.
  • Do not transport fireworks in an open truck box.
  • If you do not have a trunk or an enclosed truck box, transport fireworks only in an enclosed fireproof container made of non-sparking materials.
  • Never smoke in a vehicle transporting fireworks.
  • Read and understand the manufacturers instructions for all fireworks in your display before lighting any of them.
  • Only use fireworks outdoors. Consumer fireworks are not designed for use indoors, no matter how small.
  • Choose a large open space with no flammible materials near by.
  • Check the manufacturers instructions for the minimum distance required for your spectators to watch safely.
  • Check for wind. If the wind is blowing towards your spectators, increase the amount of distance between the fireworks and the spectators. If it is very windy, do not discharge the fireworks.
  • Have a reliable water source near by. A hose or large bucket will do.
  • Bury/secure areial fireworks as per the manufcaturers directions. Barrages and shells must be secured to function safely, and cakes have been known to tip over while functioning when not properly secured.
  • Wear proper eye and hearing protection.
  • Do not remove the fuse protector (usually a foil sticker) until you are ready to light each firework.
  • Light fireworks with a wind proof flame source such as a road flare or wind proof lighter. Do not use a BIC or similar lighter or matches.
  • When lighting, NEVER align your head or any part of your body above or in the line of fire of the firework.
  • After lighting the fuse, retire to a safe distance while the firework functions.
  • Do not relight a dud or misfired firework. Remain at a safe distance for 30 minutes, and soak the firework in water before disposing of it.
  • Keep children at a safe distance while lighting fireworks.
  • After the conclusion of your display, wait 30 minutes before cleaning up.
  • Soak any duds or misfires in water overnight
  • Wait 24 hours before placing the used fireworks in your regular trash.
  • Check your firing site again in the morning to ensure all debris and potential misfires have been removed.
  • Never burn used fireworks or debris from fireworks. Duds and non-functioned items could explode and cause physical harm or property damage.