Ministry reminds that permission is needed for fireworks use


    Citizens are being reminded by the National Security Ministry that they must be granted written permission by the Police Commissioner to use fireworks.

    The advisory comes ahead of the nation’s 57th Anniversary of Independence, where fireworks are used to celebrate.

    However, the Ministry says the top cop’s permission will prescribe the time, place and conditions that persons may throw, cast, set fire to or let off any firework or fireworks in a town.

    It has advised persons to enjoy fireworks by visiting public displays put on by professionals who know how to safely handle them.

    Other general safety tips for fireworks use:
    • If you plan to use fireworks, make sure they are legal in your area and seek to obtain the necessary permission.
    • Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass.
    • Always have a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher nearby. Know how to operate the fire extinguisher properly.
    • Stand several feet away from lit fireworks. If a device does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate it. Put it out with water and dispose of it.
    • Always read the directions and warning labels on fireworks. If a device is not marked with the contents, direction and a warning label, do not light.
    • Supervise children around fireworks at all times.
    • If possible keep pets indoors. If you prefer to keep your pets outside, take steps to ensure their enclosure/kennel is comfortable and securely locked.