Fire officials in Leeds and Grenville are reminding residents to be cautious with fireworks ahead of Victoria Day.
Local firefighters are anticipating residents to set up their own displays with public gatherings still on hold due to the stay-at-home order.
Fire Prevention Officer John Okum says with that in mind, it’s important to know exactly what to do if you’re doing your own display.
He says the best way to do that is by following the given guidelines.
“You should know the proper use and handling of fireworks before using them,” Okum said. “It’s important to note that sparklers alone can reach temperatures of 1500 degrees celsius and can cause severe burns.”
Okum says guidelines alone will not protect you from harm, and that they must be combined with personal responsibility and awareness.
He notes that you should keep all fireworks away from trees and combustible items, and it’s also important to have a good base for any fireworks you are using, like a pail or box filled with sand.
Okum adds it’s also important to be mindful of noise, and how it impacts those around you.
“Sometimes the noise from fireworks can cause fear, or stress, or anxiety to people, pets, and even the wildlife,” Okum said. “So, just be considerate of your neighbours and the community if you’re thinking of using commercial fireworks.”
To check out the fire danger rating in your community, contact your municipality.