Wildfire prevention and safety

Fireworks safety

Don’t let your celebration wind up in a wildfire

Fireworks may be fun but using them comes with serious responsibilities. Follow these tips to use fireworks safely.

Before you start

Fireworks are not allowed in communities across the Northwest Territories without written permission from the NWT Fire Marshal.

This can be sought from either Assistant Fire Marshals, who are present in each region, or a “Local Assistant” appointed by the NWT Fire Marshal to authorize fireworks on their behalf.

A form is available online to get started.

 Fireworks safety tips

  • Have a bucket of water and a hose nearby
  • Never use fireworks near dry grass, low-hanging branches, or other things that burn
  • Light one firework at a time
  • Only use fireworks outdoors and away from any shelters that could burn
  • Always read directions
  • Always have an adult present
  • Light one firework at a time
  • Keep a bucket of water and a hose nearby
  • Only use fireworks that are legal in the Northwest Territories

Who to call if things go wrong

If a fire starts because of fireworks gone wrong, please do your part to stop the problem from getting bigger.

  • Call 9-1-1 to contact your local firefighting service if you’re within your community. 
  • Call 1-877-NWT-FIRE if you’re on-the-land outside community boundaries.