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  Canada Day Safety and Celebrations

Jun 30, 2010 09:10 ET

Red and white, fireworks and barbeques are a few things that come to mind when you think of Canada Day. It’s that time of year again where everyone comes together, waves a flag and shows off their Canadian pride. DRPS wants you to celebrate the big day safely.

Follow these Canada Day safety tips and your day will be sure to run smoothly!

• Purchase fireworks from a reliable source.
• Do not try to build your own fireworks.
• Read and follow directions on the fireworks carefully.
• Keep fireworks and sparklers out of reach of children.
• Always have water on hand such as a garden hose or a bucket.
• Never point fireworks at individuals or homes.
• Keep pets inside.
• Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
• Check the direction of the wind before igniting the firework.
• Keep back at least eight metres.
• Fireworks should only be lit outdoors.
• If someone gets burned, run cool water over the affected area for about three to five minutes.
• If you are hosting a Canada Day party be responsible and do not let guest drink and drive.

The Canadian Institute for Health Information's survey of emergency rooms in Ontario found:
• 56 per cent of fireworks injuries happen to those 19 and under.
• 73 per cent of those injured are male.
• 39 per cent of the injuries were considered serious.

To find out where the festivities are taking place in your area, click on the links below.

Where: Garnet B. Rickard Complex
2440 King St. W (Hwy-2), Bowmanville
Time: 5 p.m.

• Live entertainment
• Military display
• Children’s activities
• No admission fee
• Fireworks display 9:45 p.m.

For more information, please visit Municipality of Clarington website

Where: Lakeview Park
55 Lakeview Park Avenue, Oshawa
Time: 12 p.m.

• Jousting and a climbing wall
• Performance by Mary Lambert at 3:15 p.m.
• Superdog Central Performance Team
• Meet the animals from Zoo to You
• Jungle Cat World
• Fireworks display at 10 p.m.
• Free shuttles

For more information, please visit City of Oshawa website

Where: Pringle Creek Park
90 Ribblesdale Drive, Whitby
Time: 7 p.m.

• Live entertainment
• Fireworks display
• Children’s games
• Face-painting
• Whitby Idols

For more information, please visit Town of Whitby website

Where: Rotary Park
177 Lake Driveway W, Ajax
Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

• Live animal show
• Celebration cake at 12 p.m.
• Live entertainment
• Tricks n’ Trails BMX Bike Show
• Pony rides and petting zoo
• Camel rides
• Free shuttle

For more information, please visit the Town of Ajax website or call 905-619-2529, ext. 7243.

Where: Kinsmen Park
Near the foot of Sandy Beach Road, Pickering
Time: 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.

• Free family activities
• Entertainment
• BBQ and refreshment tent
• Performance from April Wine
• Free event shuttle
• Fireworks display

For more information, please visit City of Pickering website

Where: Millennium Square
South on Liverpool Road, Pickering
Time: 12 p.m. – dusk

• Music By the Bay Festival
• Featuring new and emerging musicians under 21

For more information, please visit the Music by the Bay Festival website

Where: Palmer Park
175 Water Street, Port Perry
Time: 11 a.m.

• ‘Support the Troops’ Canada Day Parade
• Fish TV Celebrity Boat Launch and fish weigh-in
• Concert at the gazebo
• Fireworks display

For more information, please visit Township of Scugog website

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