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Media Release
Simcoe, Ontario
Fire Chief – Terry Dicks

FROM: Scott Pipe
Fire Prevention Officer
(519) 426-4115 ext. 2423

DATE: August 1, 2012
TIME:  9:45 am                                                                        

(Simcoe, Norfolk County) With dry conditions continuing and little rainfall, Norfolk County Fire and Rescue Services recommends that residents attend public fireworks displays conducted by a responsible organization. We hope that you have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend with your family and friends so if you intend to discharge fireworks in your neighborhood, we have a few recommendations, reminders, and suggestions for you:

  •  Discharge fireworks well away from combustible materials like buildings, trees and dry grass.
  • Appoint a responsible person to be in charge. Only adults who are aware of the hazards and essential safety precautions should handle and discharge fireworks.
  • Carefully read and follow the label directions on fireworks packaging.
  • Always keep a water hose or pail of water close by when discharging fireworks.
  • Keep onlookers a safe distance away, upwind from the area where fireworks are discharged.
  • Light only one firework at a time and only when they are on the ground. Never try to light a firework in your hand or re-light dud fireworks. For dud fireworks, it is best to wait 30 minutes and soak them in a bucket of water. Dispose of them in a metal container.
  • Discharge fireworks only if wind conditions do not create a safety hazard.
  • Keep sparklers away from children. Sparklers burn extremely hot and can ignite clothing, cause blindness and result in severe burns. As the sparkler wire remains hot for some minutes after burnout, it should be immediately soaked in water to avoid injury.
  • If someone gets burned, run cool water over the wound for three to five minutes and seek medical attention, if necessary.

During this time of dry conditions, Norfolk County Fire and Rescue Services urges citizens to exercise extra caution and follow all safety recommendations.  A copy of Norfolk County’s fireworks by-law can be found at www.norfolkcounty.ca.  Remember fireworks can only be displayed two days prior to and one day after the holiday and cannot be displayed after 11pm.

For more information on fire safety, contact our Fire Prevention bureau at 519 426 4115 ext. 2402, weekdays between 8:30am and 4:30pm or visit our web-site at www.norfolkcountyfire.ca.


Scott Pipe
Fire Prevention Officer (Media Relations)
Norfolk County Fire & Rescue
95 Culver Street
Simcoe, ON
N3Y 2V5
Tel: (519) 426-4115 ext. 2423
Fax: (519) 426-4140


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