Red Deer Emergency Services is reminding residents of local fireworks restrictions ahead of New Year’s Eve.
“We want to remind Red Deerians to leave fireworks to the professionals,” said fire marshal Tim Kivell.
“Fireworks can be dangerous and can have serious environmental repercussions if proper planning and precautions are not in place, which is why we require licensed professionals to be involved.”
The city implemented a fireworks bylaw in 2019, which requires lisenced professionals to operate the explosive devices to ensure safety and protection of residents and property.
Red Deerians are encouraged to attend the free New Year’s Eve fireworks show at Bower Ponds, which is hosted by Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society. Fireworks will be set off around 8 p.m.
“For those not wanting to attend a public event, we recommend considering other, more safe ways to celebrate. Glow sticks, noise makers, family crafts or silly string are all fun, family-friendly ways to celebrate safely,” said Kivell.
For information about the city’s fireworks bylaw or to enquire about a fireworks permit, visit the city website at reddeer.ca/fireworksbylaw. To report the unsafe use of fireworks, call 911.