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  Canada Day Celebrations and Firework Safety

Jun 27, 2014 13:53 ET

Canada celebrates its 147th birthday this year. It’s the perfect time to show our Canadian pride, and with that comes many barbecues, family reunions and of course, fireworks. You may also be making a road trip to the cottage this weekend. Whatever you may be doing, Durham Regional Police wants you to celebrate Canada Day safely.

Here are some important safety tips to remember while enjoying your weekend.

Road Safety

- Do not drink and drive.
- Obey the speed limits and rules of the road.
- Do not drive aggressively.
- Wear your seatbelt.
- Do not use hand held devices while driving.
- Watch carefully for pedestrians.

Barbecues

- Make sure your propane tank does not have any bumps, dents, gouges, leaks or extreme rusting.
- Keep tank standing upright and never rest it on its side.
- Avoid using candles or lighting a cigarette near an open flame as propane is very flammable.
- Keep your children and pets far away from the barbecue because they might burn themselves or knock the grill over.
- Wash barbecue utensils frequently when cooking to avoid any cross-contamination of bacteria.
- When finished cooking, thoroughly clean food residue off the grill.
- Keep your barbeque at least five feet from the house.
- Open your propane tank a quarter to one-half turn. This is all the gas that the barbeque needs to operate.
- Never leave the barbecue unattended.

Fireworks

- Never try to make your own fireworks.
- Read the warning and instruction labels for proper method of storage.
- Ensure you purchase your fireworks from a reliable source .
- If you give your children sparklers, ensure they keep them outside and away from their face, clothing and hair.
- Do not set off fireworks if there are high winds.
- Never set off fireworks anywhere other than outside in an area with lots of open space and always keep a fire extinguisher, bucket of water or hose handy in case of accidents.
- Don’t hold fireworks in your hand or have any part of your body over then while you light them.
- Use eye protection and avoid carrying fireworks in your pocket.
- Point fireworks away from homes and people.
- If someone gets burned, run cool water over the wound for three to five minutes.
- Light one firework at a time and never try to re-light a dud.
- Don’t pick up pieces of fireworks after they’ve gone off. Sometimes they may still be ignited and may explode. Soak them in water prior to disposing then in a metal garbage can.
- Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk that they’ll run loose and get hurt.
- To minimize the risk of fire and burn injury, attend public fireworks displays organized and monitored by your local municipality who have experts on hand.

Be safe and have fun!

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