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Halloween Fireworks Regulations and Safety

Oct 26, 2016

Firework displays are fun and have become as much of a Halloween tradition as horror-movie marathons, costumes, and trick-or-treating.

While it's easy to get caught up in all of the fun, it's important that we remember some important regulations and safety tips to enjoy the day to its fullest.

Please be reminded that all fireworks displays in The Corporation of Delta need a permit, along with the following requirements:

  • Every $200 application for a fireworks permit is subject to approval by the Fire Chief or an Officer designated, and must be submitted no less than 10 business days before the fireworks event.
  • Applicants must be at least 19 years of age.
  • Applicants must submit a Fireworks Safety Plan, including a letter of permission from the property owner, and proof of general liability insurance with a minimum coverage of $5,000,000.
  • The Fireworks Safety Plan must include the direction of discharge, including separation distances from significant ground features, structures, overhead obstructions, parking areas, viewing areas, and proposed fallout.

Stay safe! Check out some simple DOs and DON'Ts of fireworks safety:


DO:

  • Transport fireworks in the trunk of your vehicle only. If you drive a van or truck, transport fireworks in a non-sparking container with a lid.
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
  • Keep fireworks away from children.
  • Clear a large open area away from buildings, vehicles, overhead obstructions, and dry brush or grass.
    • For aerial fireworks, allow a minimum of 30 m by 30 m.
    • For ground-based fireworks (such as fountains and mines) allow a minimum of 20 m by 20 m.
  • Keep all spectators out of this area. 
  • Check wind direction and wind speed. Fireworks should be lit with the wind blowing away from spectators.
  • Keep a charged hose or bucket of water close by in case of a malfunction or fire.
  • Carefully read all the instructions for each firework item ahead of time.
  • Set fireworks on an appropriate surface.
    • For aerial fireworks, bury the device up to its mid-point in a large pail or box filled with earth or sand, or in the ground.
    • For ground-based fireworks (such as fountains and mines), set the fireworks on on a hard, flat, level. Lay down wood or plywood over grass.

  • Stand well back when the fireworks have been lit.
  • Wear only non-flammable clothing or costumes when igniting fireworks, like cotton and other natural fibres. Never wear synthetic fibres like nylon or polyester when firing.
  • Protect your eyes with safety glasses or safety goggles. Regular glasses or sunglasses may actually contribute to an injury, or may make an injury worse.
  • During the show, store the unused fireworks away from the firing area and keep them covered to prevent stray sparks from prematurely setting them off.

DON'T:

  • Never smoke while handling fireworks.
  • Do not drop fireworks.
  • Do not carry fireworks in your pockets.
  • Do not use fireworks indoors; they are designed for outdoor use only.
  • Do not use fireworks in streets, lanes, or other public places.
  • Do not set off aerial fireworks in strong winds.
  • Do not let children or anyone except for the permit holder handle fireworks. Even sparklers burn at very high temperatures and can easily ignite clothing.
  • Never hold fireworks in your hand.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at people, animals, or property.
  • Never let children handle, play with, or set off fireworks under any circumstances.
  • Never put any part of your body or head over fireworks.
  • Never insert fireworks into containers, like pipes for example.

In the case of emergency, please call 911. For more information about these regulations, please contact the Delta Fire Administration Office 604-946-8541.