- Purchase your fireworks from a reliable source
- Always read and follow the label directions.
- Have an adult present.
- Use outdoors only.
- Always have water handy (a garden hose or bucket).
- Never experiment or make your own fireworks
- Light only one firework at a time.
- Never re-light a “dud” firework (wait 15 to 20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water).
- Never give fireworks to small children.
- Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then disposing of them in your trashcan.
- Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
- Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
- The shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any part of their body over the firework.
- Stay away from illegal explosives.
Flying Lanterns Banned
Effective May 3rd, 2017 Bylaw #2017-030 bans the sale and or use of any form of sky lantern in the Municipality of Hastings Highlands.
Sky Lantern is a small hot air balloon or other device designed to carry an open flame as an airborne light.
Any person who ignites or releases a flying lantern and causes an open fire in the Municipality of Hastings Highlands assumes full responsibility for fire control and shall:
(i) be responsible for any damage to property or injury to persons or animals occasioned by said fire;
(ii) assumes full responsibility for fire control and may be liable for costs incurred by the fire department, including the costs of the personnel and equipment as authorized and set out in the Municipality of Hastings Highlands fees bylaw in effect at the time of the incident and authorized by the Fire Chief or his or her designate.
Any person found selling, igniting or releasing, such devices is guilty of an offence and liable to a fine of not more than $2000.00 exclusive of costs, under the Provincial Offences Act.
The use of sky lanterns have the potential to cause forest fires when released in a rural area. Please protect our natural environment.
Fire Metre – NO DAY BURNING PERMITTED
Day Burning Permits
No person shall ignite an open fire, other than a small fire for cooking or warmth, from two hours after sunrise until two hours before sunset during the period from April 1 to October 31, which is the Fire Season.
Please call 613-332-2442 for more information.