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Victoria Day Fireworks (Halton Hills)

Halton Hills (Georgetown) ON – Residents wishing to discharge fireworks this Victoria Day are reminded to adhere to COVID-19 health and safety protocols which include practicing physical distancing and keeping gatherings to 5 people or less. “I know that many families enjoy discharging fireworks so I am asking residents to be extra vigilant this year both in terms of abiding by our by-laws and the provincially-led-directives on COVID-19 to protect everyone’s health and safety.” said Mayor Rick Bonnette. Stores wishing to sell fireworks will have to complete and submit a safety checklist to the Fire Department who will issue a sales permit upon approval. The new protocol is a change from the previous requirement that staff perform on-site inspections. Residents may also consider viewing virtual fireworks available on various social media sites. Fire Chief Olivieri notes that safety is the number one priority. “If you choose to light fireworks on Victoria Day, follow the rules, adhere to the physical distancing and social gathering requirements and be respectful of your neighbours and their properties.” Families interested in discharging fireworks on Victoria Day are reminded of the following by-law provisions:

  • The discharge of fireworks is only permitted on Victoria Day; this year Victoria Day is Monday May 18th, 2020.

  • No person under the age of 18 shall set off any fireworks, except under supervision and control of a person 18 years of age or older.

  • No person shall discharge fireworks on land except his own unless consent has been obtained.

  • No person shall discharge any fireworks in or on any highway, street lane, square or other public place. (The discharge of fireworks on Town owned property such as parks is not permitted without first obtaining written permission).

  • No person shall discharge fireworks in such a place or manner to create danger or nuisance to others.

  • No person shall discharge any fireworks into any building, doorway, structure, automobile or any other place where such setting off might create a danger or nuisance to any person or property.

  • Firecrackers are not permitted.

Those who fail to follow these provisions are guilty of an offence and if convicted, are liable to a fine as provided in the Provincial Offences Act. Safety tips when discharging fireworks include:

  • Carefully read and follow label directions.

  • Do not allow children to discharge fireworks without adult supervision.

  • Discharge fireworks only if wind and weather conditions do not create a safety hazard.

  • Keep onlookers a safe distance away and upwind from the discharge area.

  • Always keep a pail of water or water hose close by for extinguishment.

  • Discharge fireworks well away from combustible materials, structures, trees and dry grass.

  • Bury fireworks that do not have a base halfway in a container of sand or earth unless label states otherwise and angle them at a 10 degree angle, pointing away from people.

  • Light only one firework at a time.

  • Never light a fireworks in your hand.

  • Do not smoke near the fireworks.

  • Stay away at least 30 minutes before approaching a firework that did not go off.

  • Keep sparklers away from children. They burn hot and can ignite clothing. Immediately soak spent sparklers in water.

  • If someone gets burned, run cool water over the wound for 3 to 5 minutes and seek medical attention if necessary.

  • Clean up the fireworks debris when finished and check for embers or smoldering materials


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