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Guy Fawkes – have fun, stay safe

0 Comments 02 November 2015

Guy Fawkes – Thursday 5th November

Emergency Services combine to combat Guy Fawkes damage and injury.

Guy Fawkes - animalsWith fireworks now on sale, the Fire Service would like to remind people of the dangers of Guy Fawkes.

Left:  Bring your animals inside to keep them safe

This year the Waitemata Area Fire Service has joined forces with St John New Zealand Northern region to help raise awareness around the risks to people and property from fireworks.

St John Ambulance Waitakere Territory Manager Andrew Everiss says that serious burn incidents rise over the Guy Fawkes period. “On average we are responding to five burn victims a day over this period, all of which could be avoided”.

Mr Everiss says that “it is important for people to follow three simple steps if they suffer burns;

1. Immediately cool burns for at least 20 minutes with cool running water
2. Call 111 immediately
3. Keep Calm

Some simple fire safety tips may save someone’s life:

• Use a torch to read the fireworks’ instructions (not a naked flame)
• Never let children light fireworks
• Safely dispose of any fireworks which don’t ignite
• Keep a bucket of water or a hose handy
• Bring your pets inside as fireworks terrify animals

Guy Fawkes PihaThe Fire Service encourage the attendance at organised public displays as the best way to celebrate the joy of fireworks safely.

Public fireworks display information

Last year the Fire Service responded to an extra 188 firework related incidents nationwide through the month of November.   19 of these included structure related fires.

Fire Risk Management Officer Michael Upton says that “Fireworks are about having fun but people are encouraged to do this safely. “During the Guy Fawkes period we will see more unnecessary fires and injuries due to fireworks, so it is important that people follow simple safety tips to keep themselves safe this year”

Upton also reminds people of local council bylaws prohibiting the use of fireworks in public places such as parks, reserves and beaches.

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