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Stay safe this Halloween by following rules and safety procedures for use of fireworks
Posted Date: October 24, 2018




Keep your family, friends, and neighbours safe this Halloween by following City of Port Moody rules for the use of fireworks, and standard fireworks safety procedures.

In accordance with City Bylaw 2070, fireworks may only be set off, discharged, or exploded on October 31 each year, and only subject to the following conditions:

  • on the lot of a private dwelling, with the knowledge and consent of the occupant; or
  • as part of a public display organized and controlled by a public body or society, with the written permission of the Fire Chief.

Residents are reminded that no one under the age of 18 may possess fireworks for any reason, and that it is unlawful to set off, discharge, or explode firecrackers.

If you plan to use fireworks, keep everyone safe by following these safety procedures:

  • never use fireworks indoors – they are designed for outdoor use only;
  • always use fireworks in an open area away from buildings, vehicles, overhead obstructions, and dry brush/grass (which could catch fire);
  • fireworks should be lit with the prevailing wind blowing away from spectators and the closest dwelling – if the wind is strong, do not set off aerial fireworks;
  • keep a charged hose or bucket filled with water close by in case of a malfunction or fire;
  • carefully read all the instructions for each firework ahead of time;
  • always light ground-based fireworks (fountains, mines) on a hard, flat surface to ensure stability – use a wood or equivalent base instead of placing items on the ground;
  • for aerial fireworks (Roman candles), bury (do not pile) the device to half its length, either in the ground or in a large pail or box filled with earth or sand;
  • keep all spectators at least 20 metres back from the firing area;
  • protect your eyes with safety glasses or goggles (regular prescription glasses or sunglasses provide little or no protection and may actually contribute to an injury);
  • wear non-flammable clothing such as cotton – never wear synthetic fibre clothing (nylon, polyester) when setting off fireworks;
  • never let children handle, play with, or set off fireworks or sparklers under any circumstances;
  • do not carry fireworks in your pockets, and never smoke while handling fireworks;
  • when lighting, do not hold the fireworks in your hand, or put any part of your body or head over them, and do not insert them into other means of containment such as pipes;
  • never point or throw fireworks at people, animals, or other sensitive/flammable targets;
  • during a fireworks show, store the unused fireworks away from the firing area and keep them covered to prevent stray sparks from prematurely setting them off;
  • never attempt to re-light fireworks that have misfired (duds) – wait 30 minutes and then place them in a bucket of water; and
  • after the fireworks display, wait 30 minutes and then check the firing area for duds, clean up all debris, and check the area again the next morning.