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 Firework Safety from Pickering Fire
Safety Tips

Pickering Fire Services would like to remind the public of the fire and burn hazards that can result from holding private firework displays at home. Here are some important safety tips to be followed:

Appoint a responsible person to be in charge. Only adults who are aware of the hazards and essential safety precautions should handle and discharge fireworks.

Carefully read and follow the label directions on fireworks packaging.

Always keep a water hose or pail of water close by when discharging fireworks.

Discharge fireworks well away from combustible materials like buildings, trees and dry grass.

Keep onlookers a safe distance away, upwind from the area where fireworks are discharged.

Light only one firework at a time and only when they are on the ground. Never try to light a firework in your hand or re-light dud fireworks. For dud fireworks, it is best to wait 30 minutes and soak them in a bucket of water. Dispose of them in a metal container.

Discharge fireworks only if wind conditions do not create a safety hazard.

Keep sparklers away from children. Sparklers burn extremely hot and can ignite clothing, cause blindness and result in severe burns. As the sparkler wire remains hot for some minutes after burnout, it should be immediately soaked in water to avoid injury.

If someone gets burned, run cool water over the wound for three to five minutes and seek medical attention, if necessary.

Family Pets and Fireworks
Many animals find fireworks scary and it is not uncommon for them to run and hide, scratch at a doorway or even dart into traffic to try to escape. There are plenty of things you can do to help your pet and by preparing in advance before fireworks start, your pet will be better able to cope with the noises.

Below are some ways to keep your pet safe during fireworks displays.

Keep pets inside

Close all windows, curtains and doors that are near where your pet will be.

If your pet is very scared, place them in a separate room (or crate) with closed windows and turn on a radio or television to create ambient noise.

For pets in a crate/cage place a blanket over the top. This helps to muffle the loud sounds.

If you typically walk your dog in the evenings, consider taking then out earlier in the day.

A tired pet is a happy pet -  make sure you play with them earlier in the day (this goes for cats and small animals as well)

Distract your pet – provide new toys, treats or food puzzles to help keep them distracted.

Photography Policy
Photos and video may be recorded at this event by designated City photographers & videographers. These materials may be used in future City of Pickering education, advertising, and other internal/external promotions, without compensation.

Any questions related to the collection of this information should be directed to the City Clerk, One the Esplanade, Pickering, ON L1V 6K7, 905.420.4611.

Pet Policy
For the safety of all attendees, we encourage any dogs that do not do well with people, crowds, loud noises, or other dogs to be left at home.

Please note, all dogs entering any City event must comply with the Responsible Pet Ownership By-law (6811/07) and the Dog Owners Liability Act.

Dogs that have characteristics similar to a Pit Bull (under the act) must wear a muzzle.


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