Staying Safe this Guy Fawkes

What's more kiwi than our backyard BBQ's, sparklers, and letting off the fireworks in our Boom Boxes. 5th November is Guy Fawkes, one day a year where we all get to enjoy a bit of pyrotechnics on a late spring evening. Unfortunately it also happens to be a celebration where lots of people hurt themselves, property gets damaged, and small children and pets get easily scared.

Here are a few things to help make your Guy Fawkes a safe and superb one!

What you can do:

If you're letting off Fireworks this year follow these guidelines from the NZ Fire Service:

  1. It's nice to be kind to your neighbors, especially those with pets or young kids. You can do this by putting the fireworks away after 10.30pm – the sun sets around 8 so that leaves you heaps of time to have fun.
  2. When lighting fireworks make sure they are far away from anything that could catch fire.
  3. Always read the instructions on the Fireworks and follow them - they're not there for looks!
  4. Light fireworks when you're sober. More accidents happen when alcohol is involved.
  5. Have a bucket of cold water on hand.
  6. Don't point fireworks towards other people.
  7. Don't relight fireworks that haven't gone off. Treat with caution and dispose of carefully.