With Canada Day fast approaching, the Town of Oakville is reminding residents to exercise caution while using fireworks this weekend.
“Fireworks can be very dangerous if used improperly,” Michael Harrison, public education officer for the Oakville Fire Department. “We strongly recommend that residents use extreme care and follow our safety tips if they are putting on their own fireworks display”.
The Town of Oakville also reminds citizens that under by-law 2009-056, there are certain stipulations regarding the use of fireworks. Fireworks can only be “discharged between dusk and 11pm on the day before, the day of, or the day after Canada Day”.
Harrison also reminds residents of several safety tips regarding the use of fireworks:
- An adult should be responsible for setting the fireworks off
- Read and follow the directions on label carefully
- Keep water close by
- Set off fireworks away from buildings, trees and dry grass
- Light one firework at a time
- Never re-light a “dud” firework – wait 15-30 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water
- Keep sparklers away from children as they get extremely hot and can cause burns
- Never give fireworks to small children
- Never throw or point fireworks at other people
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket
- Keep onlookers at a safe distance away and upwind from the area where fireworks are discharged
Even by following all these precautions, fireworks are not always 100% safe. Instead of igniting your own fireworks, the Oakville Fire Department suggests attending a professionally organized fireworks event, such as the one taking place in Bronte.
The event is being held on Sunday, July 1 at Bronte Heritage Park. Canada Day festivities begin at 11:30am and end with fireworks after sunset. Activities include musical performances, a “Reptile Show” from Safari Science, Kinsmen’s Club of Oakville Beer and Burger Garden, and Vendor Village, which features the work of local artisans and products from Bronte Merchants.
A spectacular fireworks display will begin at dusk off of Bronte Pier.
Parking will be extremely limited in the Bronte area. It is strongly recommended that you utilize an alternate form of transportation such as: the FREE “Canada Day School Bus” that will provide shuttle service from the Burloak RioCAN Centre between 12 noon to 12 midnight.
Or, leave the car at home and bike to the event instead. A FREE supervised Bike Corral will be offered inside the park for you to store your bike while at the event.
For more information and a full schedule of events, visit Bronte Village website
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