After celebrating Guy Fawkes and with New Years around the corner, it is well and truly fireworks season in New Zealand. To help you keep you celebrations safe, check out our fireworks safety tips. 

At Jim’s Test & Tag, we are experts in electrical and fire safety. We have a range of fire protection services including fire extinguisher testing. If you plan on celebrating with your business over the holidays, you should consider protective equipment. 

Fireworks NZ – Information 

If you’re an NZ native, you probably know that there are strict rules about when and where you can purchase fireworks. They are only sold for three days over the lead up to Guy Fawkes – from November 2nd to the 5th. 

While most people choose to use their fireworks on Guy Fawkes night, they can be used at any time of the year. There are rules about where you can set off fireworks – most private properties are fine but if you want to use a public place you need to talk to your local council. 

If you breach local laws, you could be fined up to $20,000.

Whilst the summer season is the most popular time to let off fireworks, it is also one of the most risky fire seasons. Follow our fireworks safety tips to make sure your event is as safe as possible. 

Fireworks Safety Tips 

In the lead up to the fireworks Guy Fawkes celebrations, Environmental Protection Authority spokesperson Doug Jones, had a few words of advice. 

“Keep pets locked up, be mindful of others such as your neighbours, keep a bucket of water or a hose or fire extinguisher handy.”

Mr Jones says the most important thing is that you read the instructions.

“We ask that people are responsible, adults are the ones that light the fires. Dud fireworks – leave them alone.”

The following tips are recommendations from Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the New Zealand Government. 

Fire Prevention

  • Check the fire danger rating – don’t use fireworks on high risk days. Avoid weather conditions that are dry and windy. 
  • Follow the instructions on the packaging. 
  • Let off your fireworks in a clear, open area. Make sure any flammable materials are removed from the area. 
  • Keep fire protection handy – extinguishers, hoses, and buckets of water are ideal. 
  • Only adults should operate fireworks. 
  • Store in a cool, dry place. 
  • Don’t relight fireworks that do not go off. 
  • Burns should be held under cold water for at least 20 minutes. Seek professional help. 
  • Wear safety glasses when lighting fireworks. 
  • Pet Safety 
  • Take your dogs for a walk to tire them out during the day. 
  • Keep your animals inside with the curtains shut during the fireworks. 
  • Ask guests not to bring their pets. 
  • Warn neighbours with pets or farm animals. 
  • Turn the tv or the radio on for background noise. 

Be Considerate 

  • Let your neighbours know in advance. 
  • Check the rules with your local council. 

If you are planning to use fireworks at a business function, take a look at this page for more information about your obligations. 

Contact Jim’s Test & Tag Today

We hope you found or fireworks safety tips useful. 

Our fire equipment inspection services are popular with all sorts of businesses, including farms. If you plan to let off fireworks on your property, make sure all of your extinguishers, blankets, and hose reels are functioning correctly. 

If you have any questions about our services, or would like a free quote, call us now or fill in the online form. 

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