Low Hazard (Family) Fireworks
All firework displays on public land within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo require the submission and approval of the low hazard permit through the Fire Prevention Branch, proof of insurance through facility booking, and approval of a special events permit. There are two types of fireworks: “Low hazard,” which are the type residents and the general public will use and “high hazard,” which are the type only licensed professionals may use. The following conditions must be adhered to when storing, transporting and discharging fireworks. Section 5.7 of the 2014 Alberta Fire Code regulates fireworks, and in most cases, use on private lands within the Urban Service Area is restricted.
Low-level fireworks permits can be obtained at the Fire Prevention Branch for a $40 fee.
- No more than 10 kilograms (gross weight) of low hazard fireworks can be stored in a dwelling unit. They must be stored in a secure container and in a cool dry place away from open flame, excessive heat, or spark producing equipment.
- Before the discharge of fireworks, consent of the property owner or occupant must be obtained, and any neighboring property owners where there is a possibility the debris from the discharge could fall on their lands.
- When discharging fireworks, a fire extinguisher with a 2-A rating must be available for immediate use at the discharge area.
- The ground near the discharge point must be wet down, immediately prior to discharging the fireworks.
- Projective fireworks must be aimed no more than 15 degrees off perpendicular.
- A 10m setback distance to any building, tent, trailer, canvas shelter or motor vehicle must be maintained at all times.
- Always refrain from discharging fireworks when wind speeds exceed 45 km/h.
- If discharging fireworks within a Forest Protection Area, a permit from a Forest Officer must be obtained. In every other case, a permit must be obtained from the Fire Prevention Branch.
- Failure to obtain a permit or follow permit conditions could result in a cost recovery equal to the cost of damages or fire suppression activities.
- Permits and proof of insurance should be accessible and available on the discharge site if requested by Regional Emergency Services personnel.
- The permit may be revoked at anytime if it is deemed that the permit conditions are not being adhered to.
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend an outdoor public display, ran by professionals. If you decide to buy and use your own fireworks, purchase your fireworks from a reliable source and follow the manufacturers’ instructions. Please note that fireworks are not for sale within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
- Never experiment or make your own fireworks, and stay away from illegal explosives.
- Always keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby for emergencies.