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June 27, 2008

Be Safe This Canada Day Long Weekend

Happy birthday Canada! As you celebrate with friends and family this weekend, here are some tips for keeping safe if using fireworks.

  • Always read and follow the label directions on all fireworks and have an adult present to supervise your fireworks fun.

  • Always purchase your fireworks from a reliable fireworks seller.

  • Always use fireworks outdoors, well away from buildings, vehicles, dry grass and trees, or other flammable objects.

  • Always have a bucket of water nearby. A water hose close by is also an excellent precaution.

  • Do not experiment or make your own fireworks.

  • Don't take fireworks apart, attach anything to them, or attempt to make anything different.

  • Light only one firework at a time.

  • Never try to re-light a "dud" or malfunctioning firework. Wait 15 to 20 minutes, and then soak it in a bucket of water.

  • Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then putting them in the trashcan.

  • Never throw or point fireworks at other people or give to small children

  • Never shoot fireworks from a metal or glass container.

  • The fireworks shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the fireworks.

  • If storing unused fireworks is necessary, keep them in a cool dry place. Store them in a closed box, away from any source of accidental ignition.

  • Pets can be frightened by loud noises and bright flashes. Keep your pets indoors while enjoying your fireworks.

Source: Community Safety Net

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