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Public to Take Heed of Fireworks Use

Only persons over the age of 18 are allowed to buy fireworks, and these should only be bought from shops that display Mineral Resources Department (MRD)-approved licences.
09 Nov 2023 12:17
Public to Take Heed of Fireworks Use

With Diwali, or the ‘Festival of Lights’ just days away, members of the public are advised to take extra precaution with the use of fireworks.

In a Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources post on Facebook, the ministry urged people to ensure they bought fireworks that are permitted for use.

For example, fountains, cakes or combinations, sparkles, and novelties are the only permitted fireworks.

Those that are unknown should not be bought.

Only persons over the age of 18 are allowed to buy fireworks, and these should only be bought from shops that display Mineral Resources Department (MRD)-approved licences.

 

Other important notes to consider: 

  • Sales to buyers under the age of 18 are prohibited.No one is allowed to make homemade fireworks, such as bamboo guns.
  • The permitted hours for the use of fireworks are from 5pm to 10pm daily. On the day of Diwali, fireworks use is permitted from 5pm to midnight.Those found using fireworks outside of these hours will be fined up to $400 or face an imprisonment term of up to six months.People are also being urged to store fireworks in cool, dry places.
  • When transporting fireworks, they should be kept in the passenger compartment of the vehicle. For vans or pickup trucks, fireworks should be loaded in the trunk in a non-sparking container with a lid.Smoking, drugs and alcohol are to be avoided while handling fireworks.
  • It should be ensured that the safety instructions on the fireworks are clear in the English language, and the instructions must be thoroughly read through and complied with.When lighting fireworks, people should never expose parts of their bodies to the fireworks.
  • Fireworks should not be pointed at or thrown at other people, vehicles, or animals.On the same note, people should not try to relight fireworks that have misfired. Instead, they should wait for 30 minutes before the crackers are placed in a bucket of water.
  • Parents and guardians are advised to keep children away from fireworks. They should not be allowed to handle, play with, or light fireworks under any circumstances.Adult supervision of fireworks use should always be practiced. It should also be noted that sparklers are not safe for children, as they burn at very high temperatures and can easily cause serious injuries and even set clothes on fire.
  • Fireworks are to be lit in clear, open areas, away from buildings, vehicles, and fire hazards.
  • Fireworks should not be lit in strong winds, and a water hose or bucket of water should be readily available nearby in the case of any incidents.

 

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