“Safely set off fireworks this Victoria Day,” says Hamilton Fire Department


Published May 18, 2023 at 4:32 pm

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The long weekend is almost here and while most people love to set off fireworks and watch them light up the sky, the Hamilton Fire Department is reminding residents to stick to the city’s safety regulations to minimize the risk of fire-related accidents.


According to the City, fireworks can only be discharged on private property between dusk and 11 pm on Victoria Day and setting off fireworks on public or city property, such as roadways or in parks, is not permitted.

Should weather make setting off fireworks impossible, they can be set off the following day, but only between dusk and 11 pm.

Hamilton residents wishing to set off small fireworks on personal property are reminded to follow the following safety tips:

  • Only responsible adults should supervise and set off fireworks. Individuals under 18 years of age are not permitted to purchase or discharge fireworks
  • Choose a clear, open space, away from buildings and combustible materials. Check that there are no overhead wires or tree branches nearby
  • Always keep a water hose or pail of water close by
  • Different fireworks have their own recommended discharge distance. Carefully read and follow label directions or consult the manufacturer’s website
  • If not equipped with a base, firmly set the firework at least half its length in a bucket of sand or dirt before lighting
  • Supervise the use of sparklers, especially with children. Sparklers burn extremely hot and can ignite clothing
  • Dispose of fireworks and sparklers safely by soaking them in water immediately after burnout

For more information on fireworks safety, head to www.hamilton.ca/FireworksSafety

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