POWELL RIVER, B.C. – The City of Powell River has issued a notice on fireworks use this Halloween.

According to the city, “low hazard fireworks” can be used on October 31st. However, there are some conditions users must follow:

-Fireworks can be used only between 4:00 and 11:00 p.m.
-User must be 18 years of age or older.
-Fireworks can be used on private property only with the owner’s consent.
-Fireworks must be exploded in a “safe manner”.

Further details can be found through the fireworks bylaw document here.

SAFETY TIPS

The Powell River Fire Department has also issued some safety tips for residents.

-Purchase your fireworks from a reliable source.
-Read all instructions on the fireworks packaging.
-Choose a wide, clear site away from obstacles to shoot off the fireworks.

-Do not fire the explosives in windy conditions.
-Keep spectators at a safe distance.
-Wear eye protection and never place a part of your body over the firework when lighting up the fuse.
-Never try to light or hold a lit firework in your hand unless the manufacturer’s instructions say they are designed for hand-held use.

-Get a bucket of water for disposal of used fireworks, including any debris.
-Prepare a good firing base like a bucket filled with earth or sand.

-Always light the fuse at its tip. Do not point at anyone or anything.
-Never shoot fireworks in a metal or glass container.
-Never try to re-light a firework that did not go off.

-Never try to fix a firework that is defective. Wait 15 to 20 minutes, and then soak it in a bucket of water.
-Soak all spent fireworks in your bucket before disposing.

Questions can be directed towards Powell River Fire Rescue at (604) 485-4431.