Stay safe during Guy Fawkes, say police
Fireworks go on sale today and police are hoping for a continuation of responsible behaviour.
Senior Constable Fenton Herrick, of Invercargill, said people letting off fireworks during Guy Fawkes had improved their behaviour in recent years.
"In the last four years, complaints during the Guy Fawkes period time have dropped from nearly 130 to single figures," Mr Herrick said.
"This is a great improvement and indicates to us people can enjoy the excitement of the fireworks and be responsible."
The reduction in reported complaints about wilful damage, setting fires to vegetation, arson and disorderly behaviour was because of education from police and fire services and restrictions to access, he said.
A change in the style of fireworks had also contributed to improved behaviour.
Fire Risk management officer Paul Glanville, of Invercargill, said the department had a set of safety guidelines for people using fireworks to follow.
They included lighting fireworks in a wide open area away from anything flammable, and never allowing a child to light fireworks.
Fireworks will be on sale to people over 18 from November 2 to 5.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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