Security & tips

For a safe show

Security & Tips

Take time to read the instructions

Never use fireworks indoors; they are designed for outdoor use only.

Always use fireworks in an open area away from buildings, vehicles, overhead obstructions, and dry brush/grass (which could catch fire). Refer to the safety instructions on the fireworks label for minimum distances from spectators.

Check wind direction and wind speed; fireworks should be lit with the prevailing wind blowing away from spectators and closest dwelling. Don’t set off aerial fireworks in strong winds.

Keep a charged hose or bucket filled with water close by in case of a malfunction or fire.

Carefully read all the instructions for each firework ahead of time.

Always light ground-based fireworks (fountains, mines) on a hard, flat and level surface to ensure stability of the item. Grass is typically not suitable, and a wood or equivalent base is recommended to ensure stability.

For aerial fireworks (Roman candles), bury (do not pile) the device to half it’s length in the ground or in a large pail or box filled with earth or sand.

Keep all spectators at least 20 m away from location where articles are functioned

Protect your eyes with safety glasses or safety goggles. Regular prescription glasses or sunglasses provide little or no protection and may actually contribute to an injury.
Wear non-flammable clothing such as cotton; never wear synthetic fibre clothing (nylon, polyester) when firing.

Never let children handle, play with or fire fireworks under any circumstances. Even sparklers, which are considered by many as “safe” fireworks for children, burn at very high temperatures and can easily ignite clothing and burn flesh. In addition, they project sparks that can cause eye injury.

Take care when handling fireworks to prevent dropping them. Do not carry fireworks in your pockets. Never smoke while handling fireworks.

When lighting, never put any part of your body or head over the firework; never hand hold them or insert them into other means of containment such as pipes; and never point or throw them at people or other sensitive/flammable targets.
During a fireworks show, store the unused fireworks away from the firing area and keep them covered to prevent stray sparks from prematurely setting them off.

Never attempt to re-light fireworks that have misfired (duds). Wait 30 minutes and then place them in a bucket of water.

Wait 30 minutes after the display has finished. Check the firing area for duds, clean up all debris, and check it again the next morning.

Source: NRCan