fireworks with water in the foreground

Fireworks safety tips

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to go to a public display hosted by trained and certified professionals.

If you choose to have a family or an informal neighbourhood fireworks display, check out these tips:

  • Only adults should handle and set off fireworks
  • Only use safety-certified fireworks sold by a trusted source
  • Choose a clear, open space, away from buildings, overhead wires and tree branches
  • Wear glasses and gloves when handling fireworks
  • Keep a water hose and/or bucket of water close by
  • Light only one firework at a time
  • Never hold a lit firework in your hand
  • Attempting to re-light a “dud” or defective firework is dangerous, can quickly backfire and result in severe burns
  • After the fireworks display, keep children away from used fireworks in case they are still active

fireworks sparklers

Sparklers are particularly popular with kids. They may be small, but they burn extremely hot. Even after burning out, sparklers can stay hot. Place sparklers and fireworks in a metal bucket of water or sand to cool down.



If there is a fire or life-safety emergency due to fireworks that poses an immediate danger to someone's health or property, call 911.