Fireworks Safety

Steps you can take to be safe around fireworks.

Fireworks may not be discharged on municipal property, including parks, roads and boulevards.

If planning a fireworks display on private property, consider the following safety tips:

  • An adult must be responsible for lighting the fireworks. Fireworks and sparklers burn hot and can ignite clothing. Never give them to children.
  • Read and follow directions on packaging.
  • Keep water close by for extinguishing fires.
  • Discharge fireworks in a clear, open area away from buildings, trees and dry grass.
  • Light one firework at a time.
  • Never light a firework in your hand.
  • Never re-light a "dud" firework. Duds should be left for 15-30 minutes and then soaked in water.
  • Keep onlookers at a safe distance and upwind from the area where fireworks are discharged.

Family fireworks are only permitted between dusk and 11 p.m. on the day of, day before or day after the following holidays:

  • Victoria Day
  • Canada Day
  • New Years Day
  • Any religious or cultural celebrations where fireworks are used to celebrate the religious or cultural event.

Visit the by-law page and search Fireworks By-law for more information.

Special permissions

The fireworks by-law regulates the sale and discharge of fireworks, as well as the use of indoor pyrotechnics and special effects within in Oakville. Some displays require special permission. 

Send your completed application, along with the applicable fee to:

Fire Prevention Division
1144 South Service Road West
Oakville, ON L7L 5T7

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