Vancouver firefighters are gearing up for a busy weekend, in the wake of an overnight house fire believed to have been caused by fireworks.
Vancouver Fire Rescue captain Jonathan Gormick says people often forget how quickly things can go wrong when the products are mishandled.
“The potential is definitely there, and I think we saw that last night with that fire, the danger is significant. Fireworks burn a lot hotter than ordinary combustibles so it doesn’t take much from something as small as a sparkler to start something on fire.”
Gormick says in the past crews saw calls spike by as much as 33% during firework season, but he’s seen a noticeable decrease since they brought in a new system of education and permits.
“As long as people are using them safely and away from anything that could burn like vegetation or a structure, we should have a safe Halloween. But it’s when they’re used improperly, like in too small a space, that we can have problems.”
Gormick says despite the improvement the department is carefully deploying resources, particularly since Halloween falls on a weekend this year.
He says fire prevention officers will be out with Vancouver Police this weekend, keeping an eye on how people are using fireworks.