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Fireworks can be handled safely
Editor: In your community piece ‘Tips for Halloween,’ (The Times, Oct. 21), the author stated that fireworks use should only be left to the hands of the professionals, a tip that was courtesy of the Township of Langley fire department.
Though attending a public display of fireworks is an exhilarating experience, we at the Canadian National Fireworks Association (CNFA) believe that fireworks are not only for professional use, but can be safely enjoyed by the whole family.
As with all flammable products, caution must be taken when handling them. Fireworks do not cause injuries — it is the misuse of fireworks that leads to injuries and property damage. As a society, we must all take responsibility for ensuring that the appropriate measures are taken when selling, storing and/or discharging fireworks.
According to statistics provided by Emergency Management BC, in the past 24 years, there have been seven injuries and no deaths attributable to legal fireworks in British Columbia.
In 2012, 0.42 per cent of all fires in B.C. were attributable to fireworks. More fires are attributable to candles and ovens. This serves to underscore the fact that fireworks are not a significant cause of injury, death or damage.
Fireworks have been used in celebrations for centuries. They unite friends and family. We all must do our part to ensure they continue to safely be an important part of our tradition.
On behalf of the Canadian National Fireworks Association, I wish you all a fun and happy Halloween.
Canadian National Fireworks Association