Fireworks in the Township of Essa are governed by By-law 2020-59 as amended.
Residents wishing to set off family fireworks (consumer fireworks) for Victoria Day or Canada Day may do so on the holiday itself, or one day prior to the holiday without a permit.
Fireworks can only be set off from dusk until 10 p.m.
Fireworks cannot be used within 8 metres of any building, accessory building or structure, tree, fence, tent, trailer, recreational or motor vehicle.
Residents who do not adhere to the Fireworks By-law are liable to be charged under the Fireworks By-law.
2021-06-22 Fireworks Media Release
Fireworks Safety Tips
Follow the laws and regulations regarding the use of fireworks.
Purchase your fireworks from a reliable source that sells products meeting safety standards.
Stay away from illegal explosives or firecrackers and do not improvise and make your own fireworks
Read the Instructions, this is worth repeating: read the instructions, cautions and warnings on each firework item
Store unused fireworks in a closed box away from the firework being lit and do not smoke around the fireworks
Set up outdoors in a clear, open space. Light fireworks on a hard, flat and level surface to insure stability
Check the wind and have the wind blowing away from the spectators
Spectators should be at least the safety distance written on the fireworks label away from the display, keeping special supervision on children
Have a bucket of sand, supply of water and a working fire extinguisher on hand
Only adults (18 years or over) should handle the fireworks. If you are impaired (alcohol or drugs) do not handle the fireworks
Light only one firework item at a time
Wear protective eye glasses and gloves. Light at arm’s length and then stand back
Never lean over the fireworks and keep hair and clothes away from fire sources
Never attempt to re-light a “dud” or defective firework
Never hold a lighted firework item in your hand
Sparklers should be immersed in a bucket of sand to cool down after burning out, as they remain very hot for some time
Fireworks should be disposed of safely and properly