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Toolbox Talk - Guy Fawkes Day

Max People Health & Safety Bulletin

The origin of Guy Fawkes dates back to 1605 when a group of 12 men tried to blow up Britain’s House of Parliament. Guy Fawkes Night is an old English event celebrated with bonfires, fireworks and family gatherings.

This event became known as the Gunpowder Plot and included Mr. Guy Fawkes, who established his reputation as one of Britain’s most notorious traitors.

In New Zealand, we probably tend to think of it as the night of pretty colours and loud bangs. There is a darker side to this night.........

Prevent fires when lighting fireworks

Used unsafely, fireworks can cause devastating bush fires. Follow these tips to reduce the risk of starting a fire when using fireworks:

  • Don’t light fireworks in windy or dry conditions
  • Carefully read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions before lighting.
  • Light fireworks in a wide-open area, away from anything that could catch fire i.e. dry grass/leaves/crops, or flammable gases and liquids.
  • Keep a bucket of water, hose or fire extinguisher handy.

Lighting fireworks safely  

  • Only adults should light fireworks.
  • Keep all unlit fireworks in their box or bag until you’re ready to light them.
  • Point fireworks at the stars, not at people or anyone’s home.
  • Leave dud or damaged fireworks alone.

Be considerate with fireworks

  • Let your neighbours know in advance.
  • If you're in a rural area, make sure you do not set off fireworks around farm animals.
  • If you do sustain a burn place it under cold running water for 20 minutes.
  • Keep pets inside.

Enjoy the night, think of others and be safe!!!

Remember team! Safety is a habit! 

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