Celebrating Canada Day With Fireworks? Stay Safe
Prince George, B.C.- Today is one of three days a year in Prince George, when residents are allowed to use fireworks without having to get a permit.
July 1st, Halloween and New Year’s Eve are the three days when no permit is required.
Chief Fire Prevention Officer with Prince George Fire Rescue, Marcel Profeit says there are safety precautions to take to ensure the display can be enjoyed without incident. “Fireworks are low grade but they are explosive so they have to be handled very carefully. Basically, the most important thing to do is to follow the manufacturer’s instructions, so whatever it says on the packages, that’s the way they should be set off.”
Some basic tips for fireworks safety include:
- making sure the area they are being set off is as clear as possible.
- have a hose, or a bucket of sand handy to deal with any spot fires that might be sparked by the fireworks
- never aim them towards pets, cars, buildings or people
- don’t light them with matches or a small lighter, use a lighting stick to ensure you have a safe distance from the fireworks
- never try to re-fire a “dud” if it doesn’t fire right away, dispose of it right away
“There are some courtesy things as well” says Profeit “If you are going to be setting off fireworks at your home, it is a courtesy thing to let your neighbours know because they do make a lot of noise and the bright lights do scare pets for sure, and there’s also a noise bylaw, so if you are waiting until midnight, you are in contravention of the bylaw.” The bylaw calls for no unnecessary noise after 11 p.m.
According to the City of Prince George Bylaw, anyone firing off fireworks, must be at least 18 years old.
“In all honesty, as a Fire Prevention Officer, my recommendation is that you go and watch the pyro-technics show put on by professionals and you don’t bother shooting off consumer fireworks because they are dangerous to individuals, they’re dangerous to property and the landscaping.”