What Oakville residents can do to ensure a safe Victoria Day backyard fireworks display


Published May 12, 2022 at 11:48 am

Oakville residents looking to set off fireworks on Victoria Day weekend should be respectful to neighbours by not setting off fireworks after 11 p.m. PEXELS PHOTO

The Victoria Day holiday is right around the corner and many Oakville residents will be setting off fireworks to celebrate the long weekend.

While fireworks are not permitted in town parks or public property, lighting them at home can be a fun family event when done safely.

Make sure to be respectful to your neighbours by not setting off fireworks after 11 p.m.

If you do choose to have your own display, consider the following safety tips:

  • 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.

Fireworks are only permitted on holidays like New Years Day, Victoria Day or Canada Day, as well as cultural or religious holidays.

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

If you have any concerns about the use of fireworks that are set off on municipal property including parks and boulevards, or family/religious/cultural fireworks that are unsafe and not during the allowed times, residents can use the Report a Problem tool.

The fireworks by-law regulates the sale and discharge of fireworks as well as the use of indoor pyrotechnics and special effects within the Town of Oakville. Some displays require special permission.

Send your completed application, along with the applicable fee to:

Fire Prevention Division
1144 South Service Road West
Oakville, ON L7L 5T7

For the cost of various programs and services, visit the 2022 Rates and Fees page for details.

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