A fireworks ban will be actively enforced in this community from now until Halloween, says Abbotsford's fire chief.
Don Beer said Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service (AFRS), the Abbotsford Police Department and the city's bylaw enforcement division will ensure residents follow the bylaw that prohibits the sale, possession and discharge of fireworks in the city.
Helmer said the bylaw was put in place in 2005 due to an increase in the number of fires, property damage and injuries related to fireworks. Fines range from $200 to $1,000.
"Community safety is our primary concern. We would like residents and families to plan safe celebrations without fireworks," Beer said.
He said the risk of injury related to fireworks is highest for kids ages five to nine and teens ages 15 to 19. Both are at least two and a half times at risk compared to the general population, he added.
Beer said fires caused by the illegal use of fireworks have almost been eliminated since the bylaw was established.
The use of pyrotechnics in a controlled environment – such as a community-wide event – may be approved with a permit.
An application, and more information about the bylaw, are available online at abbotsford.ca/fire or call AFRS at 604-853-3566.