The City of Toronto and Toronto Fire Services reminds us that that attention is needed for the safe use of fireworks and sparklers at Victoria Day celebrations this weekend. If you are planning your own fireworks presentation, a few reminders for the adults (who should be the only ones lighting them):
- Fireworks may only be used without a permit on designated holidays (such as Victoria Day).
- Toronto’s parks may not be used for personal fireworks displays.
- Purchase fireworks from a retailer displaying a City-issued fireworks vendor permit.
- Before they are ignited, fireworks should be buried at least half their length into a bucket of sand if portable firing bases are not available. Plant the fireworks directly into the sand to make sure each piece is firmly supported and is aimed straight and away from the audience.
- Light the fireworks at arm’s length, stand back and keep your face turned away. If a firework fails to ignite, do not attempt to re-light it. Let it sit in the base for 10 to 15 minutes, then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Always have water on hand – a garden hose and bucket of water – to soak fireworks after they have fired.
The City of Toronto will offer a wide variety of activities for residents on Monday, May 18. Many family attractions, including two farms, three historic sites will be open. City recreation centres will be closed on Victoria Day and recreation programs will not operate that day. The City of Toronto will host Victoria Day fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park starting at 10 p.m. on May 18. The show will feature about 2,000 fireworks, with a spectacular finale.