Helpful tips for Oakville residents ringing in New Year with a bang


Published December 31, 2021 at 4:28 pm

The Town of Oakville is offering some reminders to residents should they choose to light up the sky tonight to celebrate the New Year.

Sparking of fireworks is only permitted on the day of, the day before or the day after special holidays and religious/cultural celebrations.

And if you are going to set off fireworks, make sure to be respectful to your neighbours and not set them off after 11 p.m.

Hear are some safety tips residents should follow if they choose to have their own fireworks display:

  • An adult should be responsible for setting the fireworks off. Fireworks and sparklers burn hot and can ignite clothing. Never give them to children.
  • Read and follow directions on label.
  • Keep water close by for extinguishment.
  • Set off fireworks in a clear, open area away from buildings, trees and dry grass.
  • Light one firework at a time.
  • Never light a firework in your hand.
  • Never re-light a “dud” firework.
  • Dud fireworks should be left for 15-30 minutes and then soaked in water.
  • Keep onlookers at a safe distance and upwind from the area where fireworks are discharged.
  • If someone gets burned, run cool water over the wound for 5-10 minutes and seek medical attention.

Visit the Town of Oakville’s by-law page and search Fireworks By-law 2009-056 for more information.

Any concerns about the use of fireworks on municipal property including parks and boulevards, or family/religious/cultural fireworks that are unsafe and not during the allowed times, you can report it online at

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