Disaster Management and Fire Brigade Services Caution Public on Guy Fawkes Day
Statement by Anton Bredell, Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning
I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to all our communities to take heed of Western Cape Disaster Management’s appeals to practise caution while participating in Guy Fawkes Day celebrations on Tuesday, 5 November 2013.
- Leave an area where amateurs (adults included) are using fireworks and never pick up or use fireworks from an unknown source.
- If you are going to use fireworks, use them at designated areas and times (contact your local municipality or fire department).
- Read and follow the directions on fireworks packages.
- Make sure adults supervise all use of fireworks. Young children should not play with fireworks. Even sparklers can cause a serious burn injury.
- Use fireworks in an open area away from dry grass and other flammable materials. Keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies to pour on fireworks that don’t go off.
- Light fireworks one at a time. Do not try to re-ignite fireworks. Soak fireworks that did not ignite with water. Do not attempt to repair broken fireworks.
- Do not point or throw fireworks at people. Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place. Never carry fireworks in your pockets.
- Never try to re-ignite malfunctioned fireworks.
- Never give fireworks to small children.
- Finally, please don’t forget to ensure your pets and other animals are safely protected during the festivities. Our animals need to be protected and your co-operation and support would be welcomed by all.
- City of Cape Town: 107 from a landline and 112 from a cellphone
- Cape Winelands: Langeberg Municipality 0860 88 1111
- Eden District: 044 805 5071
- Central Karoo: 023 414 2603
- West Coast: 022 433 8700
- Overberg: 028 271 8111