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North Perth Fire, OPP reminding residents to practise fire safety this Victoria Day weekend

NORTH PERTH – As the Victoria Day weekend approaches, the Municipality of North Perth, North Perth Fire Department and North Perth OPP would like to remind residents to adhere to the provincial emergency orders and public health recommendations that are currently in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Private backyard firework displays and campfires, for cooking purposes only, with family members that reside in the same household are permitted. These activities must be done in compliance with the Municipality’s fireworks by-law and open-air burning by-law.

“As stated in our fireworks by-law, fireworks will be for sale in local stores in the coming days. I urge anyone who purchases these products to use them with extreme caution and to read all manufacturer’s directions provided with the products,” said North Perth Fire Chief Ed Smith.

Added Smith, “The use of Chinese flying lanterns in the Municipality of North Perth is strictly prohibited, as is holding fireworks displays on any property that you do not own. As well, please read the open-air burning bylaw before lighting any type of fire, including a campfire, to make sure you are in compliance with the bylaw.”

Other gatherings associated with the Victoria Day weekend are not permitted as per provincially imposed limitations on gatherings of more than five people not part of the same household and physical distancing recommendations from public health.

“Our residents have done a great job of complying with the provincial emergency orders and public health recommendations to date,” said North Perth OPP Sergeant Manny Coelho.

“As the long weekend approaches, we ask that you continue to observe physical distancing and celebrate responsibly with your household only and in accordance with municipal bylaws.”

If you have specific questions about the fireworks or open-air burning bylaws, contact the North Perth Fire Department during business hours at 519-291-6825.