Courtenay Reminding Residents of Fireworks Bylaws
October 25, 2023
As Halloween approaches, the City of Courtenay and the Courtenay Fire Department are reminding residents that fireworks are restricted within city limits.
Fireworks can cause property damage, serious burns, and injuries including eye and hand trauma – increasing demands on health care, emergency services, and other first responders. They are also traumatic for wildlife and domestic pets.
Anyone selling or discharging fireworks in violation of Courtenay’s bylaws could be subject to fines.
Other fire safety tips for a fun and safe Halloween:
- Use flashlights, glow sticks, and battery-operated candles instead of decorating with candles.
- Keep combustible decorations made of paper or dried leaves and flowers well away from sources of heat, and keep all exits clear.
- Choose Halloween costumes, wigs and accessories that are flame-resistant or flame-retardant. Avoid costumes with long trailing pieces that could ignite. If making a child’s costume for children, always keep fire safety in mind.
- Teach children to stay clear of open flames and other heat sources, and ensure they know how to stop, drop, and roll if their clothes catch on fire.
For those residing outside the City of Courtenay, but within one of Courtenay’s Fire Protection Districts, fireworks are regulated by the Comox Valley Regional District. Please visit www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/fireworks for more information.