Police urge caution when using fireworks
PEOPLE celebrating the New Year should display extreme caution when using fireworks to avoid injuries or outbreak of fires.
Provincial police spokesperson Brig Motlafela Mojapelo said: “If fireworks are being used near your home ensure that pets, especially dogs, are kept in a safe place. Don’t bring pets to a fireworks display. Each pet should also carry an identification tag in case it runs off during the fireworks. The tags will help trace these animals when they get lost.”
People should not use fireworks in a glass or metal container.
“Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks including sparklers. Avoid buying fireworks packaged in brown paper. This is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and they could pose a danger to consumers,” Mojapelo said.
Police also said people who have consumed alcohol should not use fireworks.
“Keep a bucket of water or a hosepipe handy in case of fire. Only use fireworks as intended. Don’t try to alter them or combine them,” police said.
Meanwhile national police commissioner Gen Khehla Sitole and his high ranking officials yesterday descended on Polokwane to take part in the Back to Basics safer festive season operations.
Sitole and his encourage took part in some of the road blocks including stop and search operations in the Polokwane CBD.