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Safe celebrations guide

We want everyone to enjoy a safe Territory Day, so please keep in mind that while fireworks are fun, they can be dangerous. Take care when using them by following these safety tips.

Fireworks can only be used on Sunday 1 July 2018 between 6.00pm and 11.00pm.

It is illegal to possess fireworks outside of Territory Day. Only buy what you can use on Territory Day.

  • Use a sand bucket to stabilise fireworks and clear a 5 meter radius around the bucket. Have a hose or bucket of water ready for emergencies.
  • Avoid wearing synthetic clothing (e.g. nylon, polyester) when around fireworks as stray sparks can cause them to catch fire.
  • Dud fireworks can still go off, leave them for 15 minutes and then douse with water.
  • Never point, hold or throw lit fireworks and don't hold more than one lit sparkler at a time.
  • Supervise children at all times. Never give fireworks to children under 12 years of age.
  • Alcohol can affect your judgment and coordination so don’t drink before using fireworks.
  • If you receive a burn injury cool the area immediately by submerging in cold water or gently pouring on cold water for at least 20 minutes.
  • In emergency situations dial 000 to contact Fire, Police or Ambulance.
  • Use and disposal of private fireworks

Private fireworks can only be used between 6pm and 11pm on 1 July. Unused fireworks must be handed in to NT WorkSafe by midday 2 July. Visit NT WorkSafe disposal of fireworks fact sheet for more information.

Private fireworks are not permitted at Territory Day community events.

Think of your pets this Territory Day

Animal Welfare is asking Territorians to take some simple steps to protect their pets this Territory Day.

Animals have a much more sensitive and broader range of hearing than humans, and fireworks can cause pets to flee to try to escape the loud noises.

Each year councils are inundated with enquires regarding lost pets on Territory Day.

Pet owners can reduce the risk to their pets safety by following some simple steps this Territory Day:

  • Do not take your pet with you to fireworks displays.
  • Ensure your pet is registered.
  • Keep your pet indoors or in an area where they cannot escape.
  • Reduce the sound by shutting windows and doors.
  • Camouflage the sound with the television or radio.
  • Give your pet plenty of water, they may become very thirsty when stressed.
  • Losing a pet can be very stressful for the entire family, but if you follow the steps above you can help to ensure your pets stay at home, safe and sound.

For cruelty or neglect concerns or for more information on animal welfare, contact Animal Welfare on 1300 720 386 or visit www.animalwelfare.nt.gov.au.

Last updated: 12 July 2018

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