New Zealanders celebrate Guy Fawkes Night on 5 November every year. Unfortunately around this time there is also an increase in fireworks-related callouts and injuries. If you are lighting fireworks, we have put together some tips to help you stay safe.
Lighting your fireworks
- Read the fireworks’ instructions. Be careful to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using them.
- Light your fireworks in a wide-open area. Keep away from anything that could catch fire
- Fireworks and alcohol/drugs are a dangerous combination.
- Always let an adult light the fireworks. • Keep a bucket of water or a hose handy.
- Keep all unlit fireworks in their box or bag until you are ready to light them.
- Leave dud fireworks alone. Trying to relight them is unsafe.
- If you do get burned, hold your burn under running water for 20 minutes.
Think about others
- Put away the fireworks after 10:30pm.
- Keep your pets inside on Guy Fawkes Night.
- Point fireworks at the stars, not at your mates.