[colored_box color=”yellow”]Canada Day is coming up and people all over Canada are going to celebrate the birth of our great country by blasting fireworks in the air. Here are some interesting facts and a safety guide to ensure that you have a safe, fun filled Canada Day. [/colored_box]
1. Fire works were first discovered in China. Dating all the way to the 7th Century which is more than 2000 years ago. China is the largest manufacturer and exporter for fireworks.
2. Dreaming about fireworks means that you like to be the centre of attention and are showing off to others. It also symbolizes enthusiasm and exhilaration.
3. At first fireworks were only orange and white. In the Middle Ages new colours were achieved by adding different salts. The hardest colour to create is blue.
4. The largest firework rocket is 13kg and was produced and launched in Portugal in 2010
5. The fireworks were used to accompany many festivities, scare off evil spirits and promote prosperity.
- Purchase your fireworks from a reliable source.
- Always read and follow the label directions.
- Check the wind. Place fireworks in a bucket of sand and incline fireworks to go away from spectators (postpone fireworks if wind is strong).
- Keep fireworks in a closed box. Remove them one at a time and close the lid.
- Keep everyone at least 25ft away from the fireworks firing line.
- Keep all pets safely indoors.
- Persons using fireworks must be at least 18 years old.
- Use outdoors only.
- Always have water handy (a garden hose or bucket).
- Never set off fireworks during an open air burning ban.
- Never experiment or make your own fireworks.
- Never take fireworks apart or modify them in any way
- Light only one firework at a time. Wear eye protection and gloves while lighting fireworks.
- Light fireworks at arms length, then immediately stand back.
- Never lean over fireworks or attempt to pick up a “dud” for at least 30 minutes (Never re-light a “dud” firework).
- Never give fireworks to small children.
- Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then disposing of them in your trashcan.
- Always put discarded sparklers into a bucket of water.
- Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
- Never hold a lit firework in your hand.
- Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
- Stay away from illegal explosives. “Firecrackers” are unsafe and illegal.