Guy Fawkes Night Queenstown
It may be known as
‘Bonfire Night’ in the UK but Queenstown Lakes District
Council’s principal rural fire officer Gordon Bailey is
reminding local Guy Fawkes revellers that residential areas
are a bonfire free zone.
Mr Bailey says while Guy
Fawkes Night offers a great opportunity to get together with
family and friends everyone needs to keep safety in
“Bonfire’s are great fun but unfortunately
it creates a fire risk in built up communities so people
will have to settle for fireworks,” he said.
Bonfires can be enjoyed in rural areas but you will need
a permit, which can be a easily obtained from Council.
Mr Bailey also asked people to use fireworks safely.
“Watch for kids, animals, dry vegetation and trees,”
he said. ‘Make sure you light them in a wide open area
well away from anything that could catch fire. Keep a hose
or a bucket of water handy.”
More information on
rural fire permits can be found at www.qldc.govt.nz. Advice on fireworks
safety can be found at the New Zealand Fire Service website
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