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Saturday May 12, 2007
If you're thinking of putting on a fireworks display at home on Victoria Day weekend, the best advice is to use common sense and leave the pyrotechnics to the pros.
Joyce Nelson-Watt from Toronto Fire Services said fireworks are not toys and should be taken very seriously. "You have to be thinking about what you're doing, you have to keep the kids isolated from the action and you have to be prepared," said Toronto resident Dave Shepherd.
Most people think when it comes to buying firecrackers, bigger is better. But what most don't realize is that it's actually sparklers that pose the most safety hazard.
Safety tips to keep in mind:
  • Put your fireworks in a bucket of sand
  • Wear safety goggles and gloves
  • Have an adult light all fireworks
  • Check wind speed and direction
  • Strong winds should blow away from spectators
  • Keep garden hose handy
More fireworks safety information:
Canada Safety Council
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