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Celebrating Labour Day safely and respectfully with fireworks

For immediate release: August 30, 2018 - 1:00pm
FR18-117

The Saskatoon Fire Department would like to remind everyone to follow safe practices when purchasing, enjoying, and disposing of fireworks. Bylaw No. 7990 prohibits the discharge of fireworks except on Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day and New Year’s Eve. This Labour Day, Monday, September 3rd, low-hazard fireworks can only be discharged on private property between the hours of dusk and 11:00 p.m.

Residents and visitors need to familiarize themselves with the risks and obligations associated with fireworks:

  • Carefully read and follow the manufacturer instructions,
  • Exercise increased caution when handling and discharging any type of firework,
  • Choose your location wisely, noting that fireworks can only be discharged on private property,
  • Ensure your location is free of overhead obstructions, is clear side-to-side, and is a safe distance from combustible materials,
  • Familiarize yourself with the space requirements for each type of firework being discharged,
  • Be sure to properly stabilize the firework according to manufacturer directions, and
  • Keep in mind that you are solely responsible for any debris that may land on your spectators or adjacent property.

After dusk, when you are ready to discharge the fireworks, ensure that weather conditions are favourable, and always light the fuse of the firework at its tip. Never light or hold a lit firework in your hand. Remember to be extremely careful when discharging fireworks; the debris or smoldering embers could cause injuries, property damage, and/or fires. Always keep a water supply close by.

Wait at least 30 minutes before beginning the clean-up process. Used fireworks and debris should be disposed of in a pail of water. Never try to relight or fix the fuse on fireworks that didn’t go off.

If choosing to enjoy the fireworks display from the South Saskatchewan River, be sure to exercise proper river etiquette by:

  • Ensuring your craft is equipped with appropriate markers and lighting after dark,
  • Operating your human- or motor-powered craft in a safe manner,
  • Maintaining a respectful distance from other river users,
  • Not operating any type of craft while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and
  • Caring for the environment by properly launching, fueling, starting, and loading your craft.

It is important to remember that you may not be the only craft on the waterway, and to always be aware of your surroundings; this includes monitoring the actions of other river users.

Currently, there is no fire ban in effect for Saskatoon. It is always recommended that residents and visitors celebrate safely at public firework displays that are hosted by a trusted organization. If you choose to observe the fireworks from the South Saskatchewan River, the Saskatoon Fire Department emphasizes the importance of always exercising proper river etiquette. If you choose to celebrate Labour Day by sending off your own fireworks, be sure to follow all safe practices, and only send them off between dusk and 11:00 p.m.

The Saskatoon Fire Department wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable Labour Day.

 In an emergency, call 911 immediately.