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:
- 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.
- When lighting fireworks make sure they are far away from anything that could catch fire.
- Always read the instructions on the Fireworks and follow them - they're not there for looks!
- Light fireworks when you're sober. More accidents happen when alcohol is involved.
- Have a bucket of cold water on hand.
- Don't point fireworks towards other people.
- Don't relight fireworks that haven't gone off. Treat with caution and dispose of carefully.