Kingston Fire & Rescue asks community to seek alternatives to fireworks

Kingston Fire & Rescue respond to a report of fireworks which set off a fire on a roof on Wilson St on Canada Day. Photo: Curtis Longmire

Kingston Fire & Rescue (KFR) crews responded to nine separate complaints about fireworks being improperly set off on Canada Day. In one of these incidents, a firework caused fire damage to the soffit of a building on Wilson St. Fortunately, crews were able to extinguish the fire, with limited damage to the building.

However, says Kingston Fire & Rescue, this highlights a larger issue: the common and casual use of fireworks.

“We have seen an increase in the number of complaints about fireworks. We understand many people enjoy them, but fireworks are not a toy and should not be treated as such. Used recklessly, they not only cause a disturbance, they could result in fire and injury,” says Chief Fire Prevention Officer Ted Posadowski.

Kingston Fire & Rescue says that it’s imperative that individuals discharge fireworks in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions or not at all. “It’s also important to respect your neighbours, and, by setting off fireworks, you may be in violation of a City Nuisance Bylaw,” says Kingston Fire & Rescue in a press release. “The fire service asks for your support on this matter. Help us keep our community safe.”

If residents see someone setting of fireworks in an unsafe manner, they are advised to call Kingston Police’s non-emergency number at 613-549-4660.

To report noise infractions during the Bylaw Department’s business hours, residents can call 613-546-4291 ext. 3135 or [email protected]. To report noise infraction outside of business hours, residents can contact the Kingston Police non-emergency line.

If the situation is urgent, call 9-1-1.

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