Although there are no city or community-planned fireworks for Victoria Day, the City of London and the London Fire Service are reminding residents to follow fire regulations. artifice this long weekend.
Backyard fireworks are only permitted on Queen’s Day (May 23), Canada Day (July 1) and Saturday July 2, between dusk and 11 p.m. this year for London.
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“Anything after 11 p.m. would be considered a noise issue and possibly a nuisance,” said Matt Hepditch, assistant fire chief of fire prevention and public education for the Ottawa Fire Department. London. “One thing I don’t think a lot of people know is that fireworks come with release instructions.”
Hepditch recommends following the manufacturer’s instructions for use as instructions vary between each firework.
Below is a list of other garden firework safety tips suggested by Hepditch:
- Make sure you have a solid base before takeoff (solid, flat ground is a great place to light your fireworks).
- Fireworks should only be handled by adults aware of the dangers involved.
- Aim fireworks away from any structures (houses, sheds, trees, etc.).
- Be aware of wind speed (fireworks become more dangerous on windy days).
- Have water on hand in case of fire.
According to Hepditch, fire crews receive a variety of emergency calls about burns and fires started due to improper use of fireworks.
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“Sparklers, especially since they burn at a very high, very intense heat,” Hepditch said. “But we just have to make sure people are really careful, and everyone should have a good time and a good show.”
Michael Leff of Bob’s Fireworks in London says the days are getting busier as crowds start to pile in ahead of the long weekend.
“It has been my whole life and we now work with many third generation clients. Everything about it is a cool experience,” Leff said.
With a company started more than 50 years ago by his father, Leff said he continues to enjoy seeing the number of people gearing up to “create their own shows” year after year.
“Fireworks bring people back to their childhood memories,” Leff said. “It’s also kind of a time-limited thing. We can only do it twice a year, so it’s kind of special that way.
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