Fireworks safety reminder issued for Halton Hills residents ahead of Canada Day

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Published June 24, 2021 at 3:33 pm

Halton Hills residents interested in discharging fireworks on Canada Day are being reminded to follow all COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

On June 24, the Province of Ontario announced that a total of 25 people will be allowed to gather outdoors beginning next week as restrictions continue being lifted.

Regardless, residents are still being reminded to continue practicing physical distancing and wear a face mask or covering.

“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.

“Statistics tell us that almost a third of fireworks-related injuries occur on or around Victoria Day and Canada Day,” added Fire Chief Jon Rehill.

“Almost three-quarters of injuries required a visit to the hospital, so I would ask residents to please take extra care when handling fireworks this year.”

Residents are also being reminded to follow all bylaw provisions regarding fireworks.

It’s important to remember that the discharge of fireworks is only permitted on Canada Day and no person under the age of 18 shall set off any fireworks, except under the 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 or in or on any highway, street lane, square or other public places. They also must not create danger or nuisance to others.

Additionally, 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 also 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.

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