FIREWORKS: DANGEROUS AND ILLEGAL
Mission Fire/Rescue Service reminds everyone that selling or using fireworks in the District of Mission is illegal.
In our community, the only people allowed to use fireworks are those who have received a permit at the Municipal Hall. Permits are only issued to someone holding a current “Fireworks Supervisor” certificate, issued by Federal Energies, Mines and Resources department.
Many people regard the use of fireworks as a harmless bit of fun, and used in the correct way they can be an exciting and colourful display. As with most things, the problems occur when they are not used correctly; this can result in serious injury. Setting off fireworks in your neighbourhood can create problems when the houses are close together and children are out trick or treating. There can be property damage or injury to a person. In addition, the chemicals used to manufacture some pyrotechnics can burn at several thousand degrees. These same chemicals make it impossible to douse the fireworks with water – they have to burn themselves out.
We urge everyone to play it safe, and to only use fireworks under the supervision of someone who has received a permit and is properly trained in the use of these highly explosive devices.
Anyone convicted of using fireworks without a permit may be subject to a fine of up to $1,000.
Bylaw 1706- 1987 Fireworks Bylaw:
- The throwing, propelling, ejecting, lighting, firing, exploding, setting off, discharging or possession of firecrackers or other fireworks of every nature or kind is hereby prohibited in the District of Mission.
- An organization can request a special permit in accordance with the Fireworks Bylaw. A Fireworks Supervisor must be present and hold a valid ticket issued by the Explosive Branch of Energy, Mines and Resources Canada.
The Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program has stated that injuries associated with fireworks most frequently occurred between the hours of 8pm and 11pm, and peaked on the days surrounding Halloween. Many of these injuries occurred around the patient’s own home, and that 34% of those injuries was the result of an explosion while in the hands of the user.
FACT: Fireworks are explosives and dangerous
FACT: 700 home structure fires were caused by fireworks in 2009
FACT: Males accounted for 73% of fireworks injuries in 2009