Milton Fire Department Urges safe handling of Fireworks

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To minimize the risk of fire and burn injuries on Victoria Day weekend, the Milton Fire Department urges residents to take precautions if they are participating in family fireworks or informal neighbourhood displays.

This year, the Milton Fire Department reminds residents that setting off fireworks in public spaces such as parks and streets is prohibited according to By-law No. 037-2009. In addition, the provincial emergency order to prohibit organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people remains in effect.

“We want residents and guests to have fun holiday weekend, but everyone needs to do their part to stay safe,” said Kevin Foster, Acting Fire Chief. “Residents are encouraged to learn about the risks associated with setting off fireworks and understand how to do so safely. We also hope people will continue following the emergency orders that are in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

Anyone wishing to set off or display family fireworks must have a temporary permit through the Milton Fire Department’s website ahead of time and will need to meet requirements such as minimum lot line distances and other safety factors demonstrating that the display will be held a safe manner. Sparklers are not considered fireworks, but must be used with extreme caution.

For more information about firework safety and to apply for a permit visit Milton.ca/fireworks.