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City of Kawartha Lakes reminds residents of fireworks safety requirements

May 18, 2016 - KAWARTHA LAKES – As the long weekend approaches, the City of Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Services encourages residents to be familiar with the by-laws involving the use of fireworks.

Residents are entitled to use consumer fireworks purchased at a retail location on private property without a license.

A license is required for the sale of consumer fireworks and any public displays of fireworks. Any use of display fireworks which require licensed pyrotechnics to light also require a special license. Retail sales permits are available by contacting the City of Kawartha Lakes Licensing Officer at 705-324-9411 extension 1343.

“We want everyone to enjoy the first long weekend of summer. To stay safe, residents should leave fireworks to the professionals. Fireworks are dangerous and can cause serious injuries and property loss. For these reasons, the Fire Rescue does not recommend family fireworks or informal neighbourhood displays,” comments Mark Pankhurst, Fire Chief.

If you still choose to have family fireworks or an informal neighbourhood display, Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue offers the following tips for safe use of fireworks:

  • Use fireworks only in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Do not set off fireworks closer than 30m to any structure or property line
  • Use the fireworks in a manner that will not cause risk to persons or property
  • Do not use fireworks indoors, on a public street or in a public park
  • Do not use fireworks within 100m of a church, school, residential care facility or a place where explosives are sold or stored
  • Do not hold the fireworks in your hand during use unless the manufacturer’s instructions indicate to do so
  • No one under the age of 18 is to set off any consumer fireworks other than a sparkler while under the supervision of a responsible adult
  • The use of fireworks is prohibited during any imposed burn ban

As outlined in the Kawartha Lakes Open Air By-Law flying lanterns are not permitted to
be used in Kawartha Lakes.


For further information, please contact:

Fritz Mattern
Fire Prevention
Fire Services Headquarters
705-324-5731 extension 545

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