Explosive night can terrify littlies

By Luke Balvert


As Bay of Plenty residents gear up to celebrate Guy Fawkes this weekend, safety officials are once again urging people to take care.

Fireworks go on sale from tomorrow until Sunday and Fire Risk management officer for Bay of Plenty Coast John Rewi said their message for the public was to be "bloody careful" but he believed the public were heeding safety messages.

"I think people are being a bit more responsible."

However, excitement could lead people to forget simple precautions, he said.

Plunket's national child safety adviser Sue Campbell said children often copied adults and it was important to keep all fire hazards out of reach of children. Adults needed to supervise their children at all times.

Mrs Campbell said Plunket encouraged people to attend public displays rather than celebrate at home.

"Fireworks are fascinating and exciting, but can be terrifying for young children."

Guy Fawkes was a stressful time for pet owners and SPCA Tauranga expected to be kept busy on Guy Fawkes' night.

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Video Ezy Brookfield floor manager Dianna Barke stocks the shelves before Guy Fawkes sales begin tomorrow. Photo: John Borren

SPCA Tauranga operations manager Margaret Rawiri said pet owners needed to be responsible for their animals.

"Really, the biggest thing is missing pets. We will get calls 24 hours all weekend ... people seem to think that their pet will be fine and like the noise.<inline type="poll" id="6461" align="outside"/>

"Once they go on sale on Friday, that's when people go home and let them off. That's when we get numerous ... missing pets."

Meanwhile, Bay of Plenty retailers were preparing for the annual rush of fireworks sales.

Absolutely slammed

Switched on Gardener Tauranga manager Fleur Wait said the store, which sells fireworks, was always busy in the lead up to Guy Fawkes.

"We get absolutely slammed. We clear our floor to fit everyone in."

Ms Wait said the store was prepared for the usual crowd favourites - the "White Spiders" and "Mighty Cannons" - along with a couple of new ones to fly off the shelves.

Video Ezy Brookfield floor manager Dianna Barke said the store was preparing to sell fireworks for the first time.

"I think fireworks are a kind of a last-minute thing. It depends what people can afford ... most people look around at what everyone has before making a late decision.

"Depending on how we do this year, we will know if we will do it again."



- Bay of Plenty Times

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