Firework Safety in the Friendly City

If you're planning on buying fireworks for the long weekend; make sure you use them wisely.

WOODSTOCK - The Woodstock Fire Department is reminding people to exercise caution when using fireworks this Victoria Day long weekend. 

Public Information Coordinator Lisa Woods has some safety tips for those planning their own fireworks show.

"Appoint in a responsible individual that is going to be the main person to light them off. Put them (the fireworks) in a safe area with a sturdy container of sand or dirt, keep a hose or bucket of water nearby. Make sure you read the labels thoroughly; each firework should have different distances and we want people to do it safely. Keep people and pets away."

Fireworks can only be set off on Victoria Day, as they are prohibited every other day. 

Woods adds you should also be careful when using sparklers.

"Sparklers are very dangerous. They can light children's clothing on fire and they burn up to 1,200 degrees. Glow sticks are a safer way to go for kids."

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