Oshawa Fire Services is reminding those who are celebrating Diwali, the Festival of Lights, to keep fire safety in mind.
In Oshawa, fireworks may be discharged between dusk and 11:00 p.m. on Diwali.
The safety, health, and well-being of our community members is the City’s top priority. In support of the government’s efforts to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the City reminds the community to follow health authority guidelines and government orders, including limiting social gatherings as per government orders and maintaining physical distancing of at least two metres (six feet) from others who are not in your household / social circle.
Fireworks safety reminders:
- Appoint a responsible person to be in charge. Only adults who are aware of the hazards and essential safety precautions should handle and discharge fireworks.
- Carefully read and follow the label directions on fireworks packaging.
- Always keep a water hose or pail of water close by when discharging fireworks.
- Discharge fireworks well away from combustible materials like buildings, trees and dry grass.
- Keep onlookers a safe distance away, upwind from the area where fireworks are discharged.
- Light only one firework at a time and only when they are located on the ground. Never try to light a firework in your hand or re-light dud fireworks. For dud fireworks, it is best to wait 30 minutes and soak them in a bucket of water. Dispose of them in a metal container.
- Discharge fireworks only if wind conditions do not create a safety hazard.
- Keep sparklers away from children. Sparklers burn extremely hot and can ignite clothing, cause blindness and result in severe burns. As the sparkler wire remains hot for some minutes after burnout, it should be immediately soaked in water to avoid injury.
- If someone is burned, run cool water over the wound for three to five minutes and if necessary seek medical attention.
Other safety tips to enjoy a safe Diwali:
- When lighting candles or small oil lamps, keep flames at a safe distance from curtains, furniture, decorations and loose clothing. Always be sure to extinguish before leaving the room or going to bed
- Keep candles in sturdy holders on level surfaces with a glass chimney or shade over it.
- Cooking safety – clear the area of items that might catch fire easily. Never leave cooking unattended. Have a fire extinguisher nearby.
- Install smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas and install carbon monoxide alarms outside any sleeping areas. Test your alarms monthly.
About the City of Oshawa’s Fireworks By-law #36-2019
Fireworks By-law #36-2019 states that Oshawa community members must not:
- Discharge Fireworks on any property, without obtaining the written authorization of the legal owner of the property, including into, in or on any highway, street, lane, square, public park or other public place
- Fail to provide an ABC fire extinguisher available for immediate use during and for a reasonable time after discharging consumer fireworks
- Fail to follow the manufacturer’s requirements for the Discharge of Fireworks
- Be under the age of 18 years, possess or Discharge Fireworks
- Permit any Person under the age of 18 years to Discharge Fireworks
- Discharge Fireworks into, inside of, or on a building, accessory building, structure, or motor vehicle