Po­lice urge cau­tion when us­ing fire­works

The New Age (Gauteng) - - NEWS - MONTSHO MATLALA montshom@the­newage.co.za

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.

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