Before you decide to purchase and use fireworks, ensure you know the laws, know your space and read all instructions. There are only a few days in th year that you are allowed to use fireworks in the Town of Pelham, and there is usually a public display of fireworks scheduled, so why not leave it up to the professionals?
Know the Laws
At home, make sure they are stored in a secure manner, inaccessible to curious children; and at a safe distance from flammable substances. Only use fireworks outside. Know the location of use and its limitations before buying your fireworks. Choose a clear, open area away from buildings and vehicles.
Read all Instructions
Refer to the safety instructions on the fireworks label for minimum stand-off distances for you and spectators. Make sure you look up and ensure there are no overhead obstructions in range of your fireworks. Know how your fireworks will act and work in your space and read all the instructions before you start the show. Once they are lit they can't be turned off! Take your time and follow the set-up instructions for each firework which are found on its label. Ensure to set up your fireworks securely on firm ground. Always have a charged hose or a bucket of water close by.
Always supervise children around sparklers. Many people consider sparklers to be "child safe" but they burn at very high temperatures and can easily ignite clothing or cause injury. Before starting your show, ensure that the wind is blowing away from any spectators. Make sure any nearby brush and grass are not dry or easily ignited by stray sparks.
After the show is over, dispose of fireworks packaging in a safe manner. Ensure there are no smoldering remnants that could cause a fire. Enjoy the show.
It is always safer to leave the setting off of fireworks up to the professionals! The manufacturing, selling, storage and setting off of fireworks within the Town of Pelham are subject to by-law 2951 (2008). High hazard (display) fireworks may only be set off by certified pyro-technicians with a permit to do so within the town. To obtain a permit, contact the Pelham Fire Services. Below are downloadable copies of the application forms. The permit fee is $100.
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