Avoid mis­us­ing fire­works

Eastern Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - BUCK­LANDS BEACH AND HIGH­LAND PARK COM­MU­NITY CON­STA­BLE KEVIN DENG

With Guy Fawkes cel­e­bra­tions upon us, it’s timely to cover off the po­ten­tial is­sues with fire­works if used in­ap­pro­pri­ately or un­safely.

Every year emer­gency ser­vices in East Auck­land are kept busy dur­ing this pe­riod due to the un­safe be­hav­iour of a mi­nor­ity in the com­mu­nity, who see it as an ex­cuse to dam­age prop­erty and be­have dis­or­derly while let­ting off fire­works.

Fire­works can only be sold by re­tail­ers dur­ing the pe­riod of Novem­ber 2-5. They can only be sold to per­sons 18 years and older and should only be used in the man­ner for which they were de­signed, or as per their in­struc­tions.

Un­for­tu­nately, every year we still see peo­ple and pets se­ri­ously in­jured, and prop­erty dam­aged due to the ac­tions of oth­ers who aim or place the fire­works in­ten­tion­ally so that they cause harm and distress. Re­mem­ber, if you’re some­one who uses fire­works in this man­ner, you may well be charged with a crim­i­nal of­fence.

Should you wit­ness any­one be­hav­ing dan­ger­ously or dis­or­derly us­ing fire­works, please con­tact the po­lice as soon as you can so that we may be able to pre- vent any se­ri­ous in­jury or dam­age oc­cur­ring.

There will be pub­lic fire­works dis­plays across Auck­land which are a fun, safe en­vi­ron­ment for the whole fam­ily to en­joy the Guy Fawkes cel­e­bra­tions.

For those of you who do take the op­por­tu­nity to let off fire­works at home this year, please con­sider the fol­low­ing safety tips.

Be aware and con­sid­er­ate of your neigh­bours.

En­sure your pets are in­side or in another place of safety to avoid stress or in­jury.

Al­ways read and fol­low the in­struc­tions. Use a torch, not a naked flame.

Light fire­works in an open area away from any­thing that could catch fire. En­sure chil­dren are su­per­vised and fire­works are only lit by adults.

Keep a bucket of water or hose handy. Should any­one be burned, hold the af­fected area un­der cold water for 20 min­utes.

Fire­works are meant to be en­joyed, but you’ll en­joy them much more know­ing your fam­ily and friends are safe.

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