Bolton Regional Councillor Good to Know


Fireworks Reminder for Selling and Discharging

With Victoria Day celebrations only a week away, the Town of Caledon Fire & Emergency Services would like to remind retailers and homeowners about their responsibilities selling, purchasing and setting off fireworks so that the celebration can be enjoyed by everyone. Be extra cautious and courteous with your surrounding neighbour’s properties.

Retailers can only sell Fireworks 10 days prior to Victoria Day and Canada Day with a permit that is obtainable from the Fire & Emergency Services department at a cost of $100.00. See By-law #2009-097 for full permit requirements at

The Town strictly prohibits fireworks on public property, park land and parks, including roadways and sidewalks. Fireworks can only be set off on May 20 and are restricted to private property. Discharging fireworks on any other day is in contravention of the by-law and is subject to a fine.

Fireworks Safety Instructions
 Appoint a responsible person to be in charge.
 Carefully read and follow the label directions on fireworks packaging.
 Always keep a water hose or pail of water close by when discharging fireworks.
 Discharge fireworks well away from combustible materials like buildings, trees and dry
 Keep onlookers a safe distance away, upwind from the area where fireworks are
 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.
 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.
 Wheels – These types of fireworks should be nailed securely to a post or fence allowing
spinning clearance. These items will start trees on fire.
 Watch children carefully and always be aware and attentive.
For more information on the Fireworks By-law, please contact Caledon Fire & Emergency Services at 905.584.2272 x.4303 or visit the website at

As a part of ongoing public safety measures, the OPP will also have foot and bike patrols monitoring all types of violations. For immediate, after hours complaints, please contact the OPP dispatch at 1.888.310.1122.

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Bethany Lee
Corporate Communications
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Patti Foley

Having spent 25 years in Bolton, Patti remains an advocate for Caledon. As a former Regional Councillor and a long-time community volunteer she is passionate about communicating information about its issues, news, events, people, non-profits and businesses.

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