Brampton Enforcing New Firework Regulations

 

If you regularly sell fireworks in Brampton, you have to abide by some new rules.

According to the city, Brampton is introducing a mandatory annual course for fireworks that vendors must complete before they can sell their wares. The city says the new rule was introduced for safety purposes, as the course will teach vendors about the types of fireworks they're allowed to sell, rules for storing, displaying and selling, customer ID requirements and safety guidelines for distribution to buyers.

The new Fireworks and Licensing bylaws were approved by council in 2016. The vendor's course is, the city says, part of its effort to communicate with sellers and enforce the revised bylaws.

"Fireworks safety is everyone's responsibility - residents that use them, vendors that sell them, and the city in licensing and inspecting vendors and enforcing by-laws effectively," said Mayor Linda Jeffrey in a statement. "The vendors' course will help create greater awareness of the safety guidelines, while allowing the public to celebrate with care."

The courses will be organized by Brampton Fire and Emergency Services and bylaw enforcement staff. Vendors are required to attend at least one of the course sessions per year if they wish to be licensed to sell fireworks in the city.

"The changes to the bylaws acknowledge the inherent safety risks posed by fireworks, while still allowing residents to celebrate important occasions with their families," says Michael Clark, fire chief. "This vendors' course is a key part of maximizing awareness of the new bylaw and fireworks safety. Having the right steps in place on how they are sold and used can go a long way in minimizing fire risks."

The course will be available in spring and fall, running on April 20 and 27 and September 14 and 28. It will take place at Chinguacousy Park Ski Chalet (9050 Bramalea Road) and will commence at 6:00 p.m.

Vendors can register for the course in person at the Fire Life Safety Education Centre (225 Peel Park Drive). The registration fee is $100. Vendors with multiple locations must send at least one operator from every individual store. Vendors who apply for a license to sell fireworks must present a certificate of completion of the course.

As far as other rules and regulations go, residents are only allowed to use short-range fireworks (meaning those that don't travel more than three feet when set off) on their personal property on Victoria Day, Canada Day, Diwali and New Year's Eve.

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