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Also: View Fireworks Lighting Instructions for info and videos regarding the safe usage of Canadian Fireworks,
1. BURY OR BRACE AERIAL FIREWORKS!
a) Unless the instructions on the label indicate otherwise, Cakes must be buried to one-half their height in sand or soil to (e.g. bury in ground or use a large pail or box filled with sand or soil). Alternatively, Cakes can be secured by placing bricks, sandbags or other heavy objects around them.
b) Roman Candles and Barrages must be buried to one-half their length in sand or soil (e.g. bury in ground or use a large pail or box filled with dirt or sand).
2. USE GROUND-BASED FIREWORKS ON A HARD, FLAT SURFACE
Always light Fountains and Ground Spinners on a hard, level surface to ensure stability or proper functioning of the item. Grass is typically not suitable. Lay down wood/plywood if necessary.
3. USE FIREWORKS OUTDOORS ONLY
Never use fireworks indoors; they are designed for outdoor use only.
4. CHOOSE A CLEAR, OPEN AREA FOR LIGHTING
a) Always use fireworks in an open area away from buildings, vehicles, overhead obstructions, and dry brush/grass (which could catch fire).
b) A minimum clear area of 30 m by 30 m for aerial family fireworks, such as Roman candles, and 20 m by 20 m for fountains and other ground-based items is recommended.
5. CHECK FOR WIND
Check wind direction and wind speed; fireworks should be lit with the prevailing wind blowing away from spectators. Don’t set off aerial fireworks in strong winds.
6. HAVE WATER NEARBY
Keep a charged hose or bucket of water close by in case of a malfunction or fire.
7. READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS
Carefully read all instructions printed on the label of each Firework ahead of time so you are prepared to use items properly.
8. KEEP SPECTATORS SAFE
Keep spectators at the minimum distance specified by the warning on each Firework's packaging--in general, at least 30m for aerial Fireworks.
9. USE PROPER EYE PROTECTION AND WEAR PROPER CLOTHING
a) 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.
b) Wear non-flammable clothing such as cotton; never wear synthetic fibres (nylon, polyester) when firing.
10. KEEP CHILDREN AWAY FROM FIREWORKS
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.
11. USE CARE WHEN HANDLING FIREWORKS
Take care when handling fireworks to prevent dropping them. Do not carry fireworks in your pockets. Never smoke while handling fireworks.
12. USE CARE WHEN FIRING FIREWORKS
a) 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.
b) During the show, store the unused fireworks away from the firing area and keep them covered to prevent stray sparks from prematurely setting them off.
13. DUDS OR MISFIRES
Never attempt to re-light fireworks that have misfired (duds). Wait 30 minutes and then place them in a bucket of water.
14. CLEAN-UP AFTER THE SHOW
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. Never burn used fireworks or casings in a bonfire, campfire or fireplace. Wait 24 hours before putting used Fireworks in your household disposal.
15. STORE FIREWORKS PROPERLY
a) Always store fireworks in a cool, dry place and keep them away from children. Check instructions for special handling directions.
b) The maximum amount of fireworks that can be stored in a dwelling is 10 kg gross weight. Any amount in excess of this must be stored in a separate, locked building.
16. DO NOT TRANSPORT FIREWORKS IN THE PASSENGER COMPARTMENT OF A VEHICLE
Always put them in the trunk. In the absence of a trunk (e.g., van or pick-up truck), transport fireworks in a non-sparking container with a lid. Do not smoke while loading, transporting or unloading fireworks.