Fireworks Safety During COVID-19
Fireworks can be a great way to celebrate holiday weekends as long as it is done safely. The Niagara Falls Fire Department wants to ensure that residents are discharging fireworks safely and in accordance with the municipal by-law and are also maintaining proper physical distancing while celebrating the Victoria Day holiday.
It is important to remember that fireworks can only be discharged on the day before Victoria Day, Victoria Day and the 3 days following Victoria Day between the hours of 6:00pm and 11:00pm.
If you are going to be using fireworks this weekend, please follow the following tips to make sure it is done safely:
- Fireworks should not be used by anyone under the age of 18 years old.
- Choose a wide, clear site away from overhead obstacles and ensure spectators stand at the perimeter. Follow the distances indicated on the fireworks label.
- Do not fire in windy conditions. Fireworks cannot be discharged if the wind speed exceeds 20km/hour.
- Read all instructions on the fireworks. Plan the order of firing before you begin.
- Use a good firing base, such as pails filled with earth or sand.
- Bury fireworks half their length if they have no standing base unless the labelling directs otherwise. Set them at a 10 degree angle pointing away from people.
- Never light fireworks in your hand or hold fireworks that have been lit in your hand.
- Light carefully. Always light the fuse at its tip.
- Keep water nearby. Dispose f used fireworks (including debris) in a pail of water.
- Never try to relight fireworks that did not go off. Never try to fix fireworks that are defective. Wait at least 30 minutes before approaching such fireworks.
- keep fireworks in a cool, dry, ventilated place and in a locked container away from children.
Please view the complete fireworks by-law for all information and regulations related to fireworks in the City of Niagara Falls.
The Niagara Falls Fire Department is committed to safely protecting life, property and the environment through education, prevention and emergency response.
The Niagara Falls Fire Department Annual Report is available for viewing and will provide you with an overview of all the activities, services and events of the past year.
About the Fire Department
Our vibrant department in the City of Niagara Falls is one which values its past, grasps present opportunities and embraces the challenges of the future. We are committed to providing the citizens of Niagara Falls with the best service possible. It is an honour to serve the citizens and firefighters of this great city as your Fire Chief.
The Niagara Falls Fire Department is a composite department with 130 full-time firefighters responding in the urban area and 104 volunteers responding in the rural area. The mission of these dedicated professionals is to proudly provide world-class service to the citizens and visitors to our city and to protect them from the consequences of fires and other emergencies.
Our mission statement encompasses the "Three Lines of Defense" which are:
- Public Fire and Life Safety Education;
- Fire Prevention and Fire Code Enforcement; and
- Fire and Emergency Response.
In keeping with this, all residents are urged to make sure there are working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every storey of their homes and outside all sleeping areas. This is the law in Ontario and our department will be diligently enforcing it. Help protect yourself and your family from fire by installing the required number of smoke alarms, testing them every month and replacing the batteries twice a year.
The most important part of the public safety team serving our community is YOU - the people we serve. Please ensure you do your part - whether it is checking your smoke alarms, being respectful to your neighbours through compliance with City by-laws, maintaining your business or workplace in compliance with Fire and Building Codes, or practising your home exit drill with your family. We rely on you as our public safety partners.
If you have an emergency, call 911 - we still make house calls! In addition to emergency response, we can assist you with questions about fire and life safety or with emergency planning information to help keep you and your family safe.
On behalf of all the members of the Niagara Falls Fire Department, I wish to extend our sincere appreciation to the community for your continued support of our mission.
Niagara Falls Fire Department
City of Niagara Falls
5809 Morrison St.
- Fire Prevention / Complaints / Inspections: 905-356-1321 extension 2207 Fax: 905-356-1583
- Training: 905-356-1321 extension 2218 or 2240
- Communications: 905-356-1321 extension 2221 Fax: 905-356-3121
- Chief's Office / Administration: 905-356-1321 extension 2203 or 2230 Fax: 905-356-6236