Safety & Recommendations
Safety & Recommendations When Using Fireworks
- ALWAYS follow all safety instructions on the firework label.
- Keep all fireworks away from children. Fireworks are R18 in NZ.
- Never place any part of your body over a firework when lighting it.
- Light one firework at a time and keep other fireworks that are not being lit at a safe distance.
- Check your surroundings. Make sure there are no buildings, plants, trees or dry materials close by.
- Use only outdoors.
- Have a bucket of water or a hose handy.
- Never point a firework at a person or animal!
- Never hold a firework in your hand
- Never use alcohol or drugs when lighting fireworks.
- When using fireworks, please try to give your neighbours a heads up before you do them.
- Use fireworks at a reasonable time. We recommend not using fireworks after 10pm at night. Obviously we realise people will use them for New Years Eve and Guy Fawkes, so these are a good exception, but otherwise please think of others and use them at a respectable hour.
- Animals - Please make sure your animals are secure when using fireworks. Also please advise your neighbours if they have animals. When in rural areas it is a good idea to give your neighbours a heads up well in advance.
A good tip is to have animals inside with the curtains closed and a radio or television on for background noise.
- Fire Risk - If there is a fire ban or the area is very dry, please try to avoid using fireworks or at least have a plan in place should a fire start. Always keep a good supply of water on hand. It is a good idea to wet down the area close by prior and have a long hose ready to go. Another good idea is to use a weed sprayer or backpack sprayer and have this full of water. These are also very handy for wetting down any embers etc after your show.