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Remember fire safety on Canada Day

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July 1 is soon approaching, and the Fort Frances Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind the public that the use of fireworks in the Town of Fort Frances is prohibited.

The up and coming July 1st fireworks display at the Point Park is operated by Canfire Pyrotechnic Ltd.

They are professionals who have their fireworks operator certificate and certificate of insurance.

As well, the fireworks are set off over the water, and these professionals get approval from the fire chief annually.

As well, “prohibited fireworks” includes but is not limited to sky lanterns, celebration lanterns, wish lanterns, event lanterns, Chinese lanterns, sky candles, fire balloons or any other similar device.

These Flying Lanterns use an open flame to float through the air.

Once they are lit and launched into the air, they pose a serious fire risk. These lanterns have the potential to cause significant fire injuries and losses.

Many communities throughout Ontario have banned these extremely dangerous lanterns.

Meanwhile, stores within our community and surrounding area may be selling consumer fireworks.

However, these consumer fireworks cannot be used/discharged in the Town of Fort Frances.

Fire safety . . . it starts with you.

Have a happy—and fire safe—Canada Day!

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