Public Service Announcement - Fireworks During Victoria Day Holiday

Fireworks During Victoria Day Holiday - A Message from the Fire Chief


Lincoln ON - May 15, 2020

To all residents of Lincoln,

As we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic across Niagara, I would like to provide you with an update about how your fire department is managing this event with changes to our operations.
 

Fireworks

With Victoria Day approaching on May 18, 2020, the Town of Lincoln will not be issuing permits for the sale of fireworks for the holiday weekend.

Although fireworks are not available to purchase in Lincoln for the Victoria Day weekend, residents may still have access to fireworks.  As Fire Chief, I discourage the use of fireworks at this time and am urging residents to use extreme caution when igniting fireworks.

These measures are being taken in an effort to reduce large gatherings and risk in the community, including potential fires or injury due to the mishandling of fireworks, and to reduce the number of complaint calls we receive from throughout the community – which will ultimately protect your frontline emergency responders, including paramedics, police officers, and firefighters.

 

Did you know?

  • 34% of all fireworks injuries occur at home.
  • 79% of those injuries occur to children ages 1-14.
  • 27% of those injuries occur on Victoria Day.
  • 21% of those injuries occur to eyes.
  • 62 % of those injuries are burns.
    • 12% of injuries are caused by sparklers. Sparklers reach temperatures of over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit (538 degrees Celsius).
  • You must be 18 years or older to set off fireworks.
     

We suggest that you celebrate the upcoming holiday safely without the use of fireworks and check out this virtual fireworks event for a safer alternative.

Thank you,
 

Greg Hudson
Fire Chief
Lincoln Fire Rescue Service

Date modified: