Fireworks may be a staple of Canada Day celebrations, but the City of Kelowna is reminding residents of the importance of fire safety.
Personal fireworks are still under a ban due to hot and dry conditions. However, Kelowna Fire Department has approved a permit for the annual celebration held by Festivals Kelowna in Waterfront Park, citing that the display will be launched from a barge and the dropping location will be over Okanagan Lake.
“Canada Day is a time for joy and festivities, but it is crucial to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions to prevent fire-related incidents that can dampen the spirit of the occasion,” said Paul Johnson, fire prevention officer with Kelowna Fire Department. “Fireworks, bonfires, and barbecues are common activities throughout Canada during this time, but they also pose potential risks if not handled responsibly.”
Campfires are also currently under a ban within city limits.
“Fire danger is very real for our community in such a dry season,” added Johnson. “We want to stress that fireworks are strictly prohibited without a permit from the Kelowna Fire Department. We ask the public to not shoot fireworks off in their neighbourhoods.
“Remember, it is the collective responsibility of everyone to prioritize safety and protect our community.”