Avoid misusing fireworks
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.