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Why Your Family Needs To Be Extra Careful Around Fireworks

When dusk descends on Canada Day, fire officials are hoping your family remembers that firecrackers and sparklers can be both beautiful and extremely dangerous.

Concerned mother Linda Galanis knows the potential dangers firecrackers pose if they fall into the wrong hands. She recently witnessed some teenagers shooting roman candles at each other across a street.

“It is dumb and dangerous,” she said. “They have no regard for what you say and their response is to shoot them at you.”

For those who aren’t interested in seeing a staged fireworks show and would like to put on their own pyrotechnical display, fire officials are reminding you that the use of fireworks must be supervised by an adult who has goggles, gloves, a hose and a bucket of sand on hand to handle potential problems.

“Shoot it, approach it from behind, pick it up, submerge it in the bucket of water,” Samantha Hoffman of Toronto Fire Services instructs.

But one of the most popular forms of fireworks, the sparkler, is often found in the hands of unsupervised children.

“Kids love them. They are pretty and they can reach 2,000 degrees in seconds,” Hoffman warns.

It’s also important to remember that not all fireworks sold at your corner store are legal. Fireworks with instructions in English and French are the only ones authorized for use in Canada.

For a list of fireworks safety tips, click here.
And for a list of Canada Day fireworks displays, click here.