Fire officials in Parry Sound are reminding residents to be cautious with fireworks ahead of Canada Day.

With most towns and townships not hosting any large gatherings or having cancelled firework displays on July 1st, due to COVID-19, the West Parry Sound Fire Coordinator is anticipating residents to set up their own displays.

In an interview with MyParrySoundNow, Brian Leduc says in our case – while fireworks are allowed, it’s up to residents to monitor their town’s fire danger rating in case anything changes.

He notes a number of different ways to use fireworks safely.

“You want to make sure you have a good clear area where you’re going to light your fireworks. Specifically looking at your ‘fallout’ area – like where you’re going to have your fireworks fallout. So, whether they are on an angle or aimed straight up, but you want a clear area. Even though fireworks typically burn out before they hit the ground – that is not always the case.”

Aside from this, Leduc also highlights ensuring that pets and children are at a safe distance when you’re using fireworks.

He adds if you are doing your own display, it’s extremely vital to be experienced and responsible with what you’re doing.

“Fireworks can fall over and shoot the wrong way, or they can malfunction or detonate prematurely, or they might not go to their normal height and detonate too closely to the ground. So you want to make sure people are clear and that you have a competent person.”

While Canada Day celebrations can often lead to people being in a celebrative state – Leduc also stresses the importance of drinking responsibly.

He notes that accidents can happen if you’re not being aware.

“You see videos where people shoot fireworks at each other. Certainly, that is not the way fireworks should be handled – it’s extremely dangerous and not only can you burn yourself or severely injure somebody but you can also set fires and any fire you set, you’re ultimately responsible for any damages.”

For more information on firework safety – you can refer to the province’s website.

To check out the fire danger rating in your community, contact your municipality.