Winnipeg, MB –The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) reminds residents to obtain their fireworks permits in advance of the upcoming July long weekend. The free permits are required for the lighting of all consumer fireworks. All permits are reviewed by the WFPS Fire Prevention Branch.
The permit application is available online or at the Fire Prevention Branch office located at 185 King St. Completed fireworks permit applications must be submitted in person at the Fire Prevention Branch office.
The following is a summary of the requirements for permit approval:
- The applicant must be over 18 years of age – proof of age is required
- The applicant must be the owner of the land where the display is to take place as documented by a driver’s license or some other form of identification OR the applicant has provided written permission from the owner of the land where the display is to take place; if the display is to take place on City land, written permission from the City of Winnipeg department responsible for the land is required
- A sketch of the site is required, including the location of the firing base to ensure a 100 foot clearance on all sides
In addition to ensuring a permit is in place, the WFPS reminds residents to keep the following safety tips in mind when using fireworks:
- Always read your Fireworks Permit to ensure you are following all applicable conditions
- Only adults 18 years or over should handle fireworks
- Only use fireworks purchased in Canada, meeting all safety standards
- Read all instructions, cautions, and warnings on each firework product
- Always check wind direction and wind speeds before setting off fireworks; they should always be lit with the prevailing wind blowing away from spectators and closest structures – never set off fireworks in strong winds
- Set up outdoors in a clear, open space, and light fireworks on a hard, flat, and level surface to ensure stability while checking the wind to ensure it is blowing away from spectators
- Have a bucket of sand, supply of water, and a working fire extinguisher on hand
- Never attempt to re-light a ‘dud’ or defective firework or hold a lighted firework item in your hand
- Fireworks should be disposed of safely and properly, and any unused fireworks should be stored in a closed container
For more information, visit Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service – Fireworks.