SAFETY FIRST WITH FIREWORKS

Written by on 24/06/2024

Fireworks | NT WorkSafe

Territory Day fireworks are designed and tested to meet strict safety guidelines before they can be sold to you, however, all fireworks are hand made and some items may not perform as well as we would like.

To ensure you can enjoy your fireworks safely this Territory Day, please make sure you follow the following safety guidelines, as well as all guidelines printed on the packaging or supplied with your fireworks.

Follow all instructions

  • Always keep your body away from the firework when lighting
  • Always point the firework in a safe direction
  • Ensure the firework is secured so that it cannot fall over. Most fireworks should be partially buried in the sand or have support blocks around them to ensure they cannot fall over
  • Keep your fireworks in a spark proof box away from the area you are lighting them
  • Keep water handy so you can extinguish any fires if they occur
  • Ensure the area is free of flammable materials
  • Make sure you have a MINIMUM of 5m from the firework to the nearest people or property (we recommend at least 10m, or 30m for children). The fireworks are designed to take up to 5m of space around themselves and may occasionally go wider than this.
  • Wear safety glasses
  • Don’t pick up sparklers just after they have finished. They burn at over 1000 degrees and can cause severe burns
  • Communicate with each other, so you are not getting 5m from your fireworks by stepping over your friends fireworks!
  • If your firework does not light, do not approach for 30 mins. Dispose of the firework by soaking it for a day in a bucket of water.
  • Make sure you light your flyers/planes/helicopter fireworks on a hard flat smooth surface. Tar roads, gravel, sand and grass can cause the fireworks to take off sideways.
  • Don’t buy illegal fireworks. These have not been tested and are significantly more likely to fail in a catastrophic way.

Pets can become frightened by fireworks and thunderstorms so keep your pet safe and secure.

Tips to help your pet through fireworks or thunderstorms:

  • Do not punish your pet for exhibiting this behaviour during times of stress
  • Allow your animal to come inside your house or provide your pet with a kennel or sound proof area – bricks, foam lined kennel or crate
  • Use comfort items such as pheromones, favourite toys or blankets
  • Play music or leave the TV on to create white noise and change of focus. This will also help to block out the distressing noise
  • Include your pet in your cyclone emergency response – including pet transport, food and water
  • Be tactile, dogs will look for reassurance from owners, therefore giving them a pat or showing affection will calm an animal
  • Avoid leaving your pets home alone
  • Make sure that your boundary fences and gates are secure and that your pet cannot readily escape through them or over them
  • Register your pet – Ensure that your pet wears identification, particularly, a microchip

In cases of severe anxiety, see your vet for prescription sedatives.

For owners wanting to learn more about how to help their noise phobic pet, register to attend one of our free Noise Phobic Pets workshop in partnership with Pawsitive K9 Behaviour here.

If you do lose your pet during Territory Day, call Council’s Territory Day hotline 08 8989 2843.

For further information on finding your pet if they have escaped, visit our Lost Pets page.

 


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