Welcome to the home of the "Don't Touch! Explosives Safety Society.
The "Don't Touch!" Explosives Safety Society is based in Courtenay, B.C. on beautiful Vancouver Island. See our History page for the story of how we came to be.
Every year, people are injured or killed in Canada due to misuse or abuse of explosives, including firecrackers, fireworks, industrial explosives, and home made materials. Many of those injured or killed are children - not because they are intentionally destructive, but because they don't know any different. The primary objective of the "Don't Touch!" Explosives Safety Society is:
to save children from serious injury or death by explosives
We hope to accomplish this through awareness presentations in communities where there is even a small risk of children finding lost or discarded explosive materials, or where there is a risk that children may attempt to manufacture their own devices.
Did you know?
Every year, hospital emergency staff attend to countless numbers of injuries resulting from careless and often times mindless use of fireworks, in particular, firecrackers. Despite tough new laws, the possibility of a hefty fine, and explicit media accounts of accidents, both children and adults continue to play and experiment, seemingly unaware they are courting disaster with a "short fuse".
In 2001, there were 112 incidents involving improvised explosive devices. There were an additional 178 seizures of improvised explosive devices.
Between 10,000 - 15,000 people are injured every year in North America from fireworks alone.
British Columbia recorded 36 acute and/or surgical hospitalization fireworks injuries between 1996-2000.
Natural Resources Canada (Explosives Branch) deals with dozens of situations each year where general public have found explosives.
The "Don't Touch!" Program was originally conceived in 1989 by Larry Epp.
The "Don't Touch!" Explosives Safety Society was formed in June 2002.
So far, over 12,000 students and adults have participated in the program.
The goal of the "Don't Touch!" Explosives Safety Society is to present the program to 10,000 - 15,000 students annually.