Safety should be top of mind for Brampton residents when setting off home fireworks

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Published June 25, 2021 at 2:59 pm

With Canada Day being one of four days during the year that residents are allowed to set off fireworks, the City of Brampton wants to remind people about some safety precautions they should take.

If residents choose to gather outdoors with friends and family, they are asked to please keep health and safety at top of mind. Brampton enters Step Two of the Province’s Roadmap to Reopen on Wednesday, June 30 at 12:01 am.

Under Step Two, outdoor social gatherings are limited to 25 people. Indoor gatherings are limited to five people, including members from different households. Keep loved ones and the community safe. Practise good hygiene, physically distance and wear a mask when this is difficult.

The by-law governing fireworks in the city says residents are restricted to short-range ones, those that tend to travel less than three metres (10 feet) when set off (e.g. fountains, wheels, ground spinners, sparklers). That’s roughly the height of a Brampton Transit bus or a basketball hoop.

All other rocket-type fireworks are banned in Brampton. The City reminds residents that fireworks are not permitted on the street, sidewalks, within City parks or on municipal or school properties.

When using short-range fireworks on private property, residents must follow these safety precautions:

  • Have a container of water or a hose line filled with water available to extinguish fireworks.
  • Never light a firework or hold a lit firework in your hand, other than a sparkler.
  • Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
  • After using sparklers, place them in a container of water to fully cool before disposal.
  • Allow all fireworks to fully cool before disposal.

For more information on firework safety and bylaws, visit the city website.

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